Santa Claus-ifying Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the U.S. military tweets MLK quotes, you know things have gotten bad--for the military.

By David Sirota

Every year, right around the time between Martin Luther King Day and the beginning of Black History Month, the effort to distort Dr. King's life and legacy seems to intensify. Some years, we see conservatives preposterously assert that if Dr. King were alive today, [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

  • Reader Comments

    What a great article!

    Posted by saadasim on Feb 2, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    If you want to complain about military spending, why don’t you send your article to the heads of state of all the nations involved in intra- or international conflicts from 1968-2013?  I’m sure they’d love to hear about how if they would just please stop doing bad things to other people, America and everyone else would be so much better off. Let them know that the U.S. is about to stop defending itself and the rest of the world from terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and war, and so now we’ll all be much safer, so everyone can just relax and chill out. After all, America’s the country that’s creating all those threats to global and national security. Clearly we need to just lay low and be cool, and all our problems will go away… Right?

    Posted by DModares on Feb 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    STFU you moron!

    Posted by AsianLibertarian on Feb 3, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    MLK was a soundbite.  Play the clip and go to commercial.

    Posted by ed on Feb 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    http://www.martinlutherking.or…

    Posted by f_galton on Feb 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    too bad most americans don’t know what propaganda is…..fools!

    Posted by Des Akkari on Feb 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    wow, your a such a mental midget…..

    Posted by Des Akkari on Feb 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Then it’s the fault of leftist liberal progressives for not doing a better job of explaining it to them, for demonstrating in an accessible way how the mindscams work.  If we do nothing but blame the US people for their cluelessness, that may be somehow satisfying but does nothing to help change things.

    Of course they will spin the MLK image dry, turn him into a sort of black Mt. Rushmore figure, and they will get away with it unless someone figures out an effective way to answer back.

    Posted by Contrarian on Feb 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    The website martinlutherking.org is actually run by white supremacists, believe it or not. The site, a spinoff of the white nationalist Stormfront site, was registered by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Don Black. So that explains that.

    Posted by nimh on Feb 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    What I’ve found especially (numbingly) astounding is the way that even this generation of liberals have censored out Rev. King’s powerful message about American poverty. This is astounding because poverty was his driving message. It was also his unifying message; most black people were poor, most of our poor were white, and the critical point was that of understanding what caused this poverty (hint: It’s not “bad lifestyle choices” or “lack of personal responsibility”). Rev. King had a powerful social/economic message to America, and even liberals have buried it. What we have left of this great visionary are MLK Day sales at the local Walmart.

    Posted by DHFabian on Feb 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM