Magazine article The New American

Martin Luther King: The Celebration of a Myth

Magazine article The New American

Martin Luther King: The Celebration of a Myth

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NAACP chairman Julian Bond said recently that the Dr. Martin Luther King we celebrate is an "anesthetized" version of the man who really existed.

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Bond knew King personally and was a student in the only class King ever taught. In a January 19 interview on The Young Turks Internet news program the day after Martin Luther King Day, he said of King: "We've transformed him into kind of a cut-leaf figure, someone who had a dream and spoke these magnificent words, but we don't remember the King who was the critic of capitalism who said to Charles Fager when they were in jail together in Selma in 1965 that he thought a modified form of socialism would be the best system for the United States. ... So we've anesthetized him. We've made him into a different kind of person than he actually was in life. And it may be that that's one reason he is so celebrated today because we celebrate a different kind of man than really existed. …

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