Contemplating "White Folks and Quoting MLK"
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.I'd also like to add an additional Fashion Tip to the brilliance of Mademoiselle here: white people, stop debating race with us.
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.