Some things to keep in mind on this fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, a day when everyone is claiming King as their ideological ally.
1) Martin Luther King was against imperialism and believed the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.”
2) He believed in using the power of the federal government to improve the lives of poor people.
3) He believed in using the power of the federal government to force white people to do right by their black countrywomen and men. He believed in changing laws at least as much as he believed in changing hearts.
5) He believed that law and order often bears little resemblance to justice.