Contemplating "White Folks and Quoting MLK"

From Transgriot's post "White Peeps...Stop Trying To Quote Pre-1963 Dr MLK, Jr In Debates With Us About Race":
If you are debating an African American or any POC and you call them a 'racist' or accuse them of 'playing the race card' in the midst of that debate, you lose.

It's also past time for y'all to realize that Dr. King wrote essays, gave speeches and had interviews after August 28, 1963. Some of the things he had to say are going to make you uncomfortable like the 1965 Playboy interview or his comment in the wake of the 1965 Watts Riots.

Let us say it boldly, that if the total sum violations of law by the white man over the years were calculated and were compared with the lawbreaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man.

The post 1963 Dr. King was more radical than you've been led to believe. When he was assassinated in 1968 he had a popularity rating below 30%. As he opposed the Vietnam War and increased his focused on economic empowerment issues he became less popular with whites, especially the ones who benefited from the jacked up status quo.

So when you start quoting pre-1963 Dr. King speeches or essays in order to buttress your 'colorblind' race arguments, especially when we are discussing how whiteness and white supremacy negatively impacts our lives, it pisses us off.

First it tells us that you don't have anything but a superficial knowledge of the man. Secondly you're quoting one of the greatest American and world leaders our people have ever produced out of context.

If you're looking for something to do in the spirit of the upcoming King Day holiday, one project I'd like to suggest is some of you peeps familiarize yourself with Dr. King's essays and speeches that happened after August 28, 1963.

And stop misappropriating and quoting the 'I Have A Dream' speech out of context ad nauseum.
I'd also like to add an additional Fashion Tip to the brilliance of Mademoiselle here: white people, stop debating race with us.

Comments

  1. This is one of my favorites...

    "Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry. It means trying to hold on to physical life amid psychological death. It means the pain of watching your children grow up with clouds of inferiority in their mental skies. It means having your legs cut off, and then being condemned for being a cripple. It means seeing your mother and father spiritually murdered by the slings and arrows of daily exploitation, and then being hated for being an orphan."
    Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967.

    White people cant help themselves... they love a good debate. What gets the blood pumping more vigorously than debating race with a black person in the hope that you might prevail? Sadly they bring little personal experience to the narrative- its all academia to them.

    If they can keep it on that level (by derailing) then they feel as if they have a chance. So they quote to show how much more they know of our history than we do. They quote, to show depth on subjects we blacks should be intimate with; much like white people did on SWPD. Convinced they're the superior, they might even flip the argument to show how much more they've suffered then we have.

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  2. What gets the blood pumping more vigorously than debating race with a black person in the hope that you might prevail?

    Which is why I discourage POC from conversing with them about these issues in the first place. 99.99999% of WP you talk to about racism aren't worth a damn. They don't WANT to learn anything.

    Convinced they're the superior, they might even flip the argument to show how much more they've suffered then we have.

    Makes your flesh just crawl.

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  3. MLK was sooooooo beloved by White folks that they killed his ass! MLK was sooooooo soft and cuddly that the FBI tapped his phones and shit. MLK was soooooo balanced and moderate that he was called "the most dangerous man in America."

    MLK was not Nigger Claus!

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  4. I was going to make a blog about the same thing. Great minds think alike. lol

    On the real though, it all comes down to white folks feeling great and superior by any and all means even when it fucks up nonwhites in the process. I say why bother debating with white people with racism when the outcome is the same when it comes to them. They don't care about the truth, they just want to feel good and better than everyone else.

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  5. ^ALLLLLLLLL of This be the truth!

    I say until they come up and produce a white dr. King leave what progress we were able to make under you selfish mofo's ALONE!

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  6. That's a great quote M. Gibson.

    Also. " If you're looking for something to do in the spirit of the upcoming King Day holiday, one project I'd like to suggest is some of you peeps familiarize yourself with Dr. King's essays and speeches that happened after August 28, 1963."

    That's a good idea.

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  7. And for folks who still don't get why POCs are still not on the same footing as whites in this "post-racial" society, MLK breaks it down even further:

    Whenever this issue of compensatory or preferential treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our friends recoil in horror. The Negro should be granted equality, they agree, but should ask for nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic. For it is obvious that if a man enters the starting line of a race 300 years after another man, the first would have to perform some incredible feat in order to catch up.

    —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



    And a couple of points to emphasize:

    History, do learn you some.

    http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/782249.html

    At least 10 Conversations POCs are sick of having with white folks.

    http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/883177.html

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  8. I refuse to engage with anyone who wants to have a debate over the humanity of black people. I used to read this woman's blog. Said she was a feminist and antiracist. Then she posted some convo she had with a white male where he spouted the usual black people have low IQs, and she tried to engage him in a polite debate about it. Stopped reading her blog right then and there. Recently she left a post on another blog I read asking about the penis size of Asian men .... I can't even deal.

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