King vs. Obama

If you have time to watch/read this video (or its attached transcript), it is enlightening and revealing. With surprising acumen, commentators compare Martin Luther King to Obama and find Obama hard to distinguish from any of his predecessors, even George Bush. “Obama is the pretty face of the American Empire,” says one of them. They dissect a speech by King in which he unequivocally condemns the Vietnam war. “If you take out the word Vietnam and replace it with Afghanistan or Iraq, the speech holds the full force of critique still today.” We are participating, they suggest, in a war of choice and not a war of necessity. We are bombing children abroad (see the recent drone attacks in Pakistan for example) instead of fighting poverty and racism back home. King’s message of nonviolence becomes a potent critique of today’s administration.

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