There's definitely no other interesting aspects of MLK's life and legacy other than the "parapolitical" ones. All those boring speeches and sit-ins-- who cares about that shit!? Wake me up when they blow his brains out! You're just a conspiracy theory, Dr. King. Anything other than that is missing the point entirely- am I right?
RocketMan wrote:There's definitely no other interesting aspects of MLK's life and legacy other than the "parapolitical" ones. All those boring speeches and sit-ins-- who cares about that shit!? Wake me up when they blow his brains out! You're just a conspiracy theory, Dr. King. Anything other than that is missing the point entirely- am I right?
I don't know why I even bother responding to such obvious trolls. I'm not saying Spielberg won't be able to come up with a fairly engaging, even uplifting biopic of MLK. I'm just saying that it will probably be centered on the safe "I have a dream" aspects (note that I'm not putting down his civil rights activism) of his life, just like the Official America does to this day. And his civil rights work does constitute the bulk of his public life. But without his turning towards criticism of capitalism, savage attacks on American (and indeed Western) imperialism and the Vietnam war ie. what got him killed, any look at MLK's life is bound to be a sterile civics-lesson (even including his marital indiscretions) and thus finally diminish the true legacy of MLK.
the besmirching of talented artists
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.
A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, "This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wounds of a frail world, new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. We in the West must support these revolutions.
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeche ... ilence.htm
I bet Spielberg will be praised for lending no weight to Conspiracy Theories.
Hugh Manatee Wins wrote:Both Spielberg and Lucas are USG and do military recruiting.
Recruiting of blacks plummeted after 2000.
Lucas is making a film called 'Red Tails' about the Tuskegee Airmen (black WWII pilots) but not one about the Tuskegee Experiments (blacks denied medical care).
So Steven CIA Spielberg is very likely, if he gets the chance, to make MLK into a noble American success story drafting in the wake of Obama.
(two puns intended)
The NAACP and Jesse Jackson both recruit for the Pentagon which is portrayed as a jobs program and a chance to be Jackie Robinson all in one.
They encourage blacks to climb into the middle class by killing foreigners living on top of oil and thus earn their place at the American table.
Such is the price of admission living under a racist military government.
Hammer of Los wrote:Fresno, your trolling is tedious, and demonstrates you have no understanding of the issues here. Please stop it.
Oh, and Hugh, MinM and JackRiddler, you are all fantastic and lovely. Please don't stop posting.
Yeah, and er, what you all said, too.
Do you really think Steven Spielberg works for the CIA? Yes or No?
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