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.
4) He was a pacifist and rejected all calls to use violence to fight even the greatest of evils, including the unpunished murder of children.
5) He believed that law and order often bears little resemblance to justice.
Thanks Katie for reminding us of the essence of the real social gospel, which MLK understood and articulated brilliantly.