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polarbear4

T&R, Benny!

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polarbear4

NYCVG

pretty much

polarbear4

polarbear4

artists among us

wi62

wonder how long it took him to become that good with the letters, that yellow stuff must dry instantly?

polarbear4

was thinking same. i’d need a stencil and even then it would all over the place, with the steps, too! they must train for a while.

polarbear4

i love this stuff so much

polarbear4

Even Though He Is Revered Today, MLK Was Widely Disliked by the American Public When He Was Killed

Seventy-five percent of Americans disapproved of the civil rights leader as he spoke out against the Vietnam War and economic disparity

By James C. Cobb, Zócalo Public Square
smithsonianmag.com
April 4, 2018

According to an early 1968 Harris Poll, the man whose half-century of martyrdom we celebrate this week died with a public disapproval rating of nearly 75 percent, a figure shocking in its own day and still striking even in today’s highly polarized political climate.

A day after returning home in December 1964 from a tour whose most important stop was Oslo, the Nobel Laureate for Peace joined a picket line at Atlanta’s Scripto Pen factory, where some 700 workers were striking for better wages for less skilled employees. Though it was a remarkably humble gesture for someone who had received such a lofty affirmation, King’s actions that day and his call for a nationwide boycott of Scripto products won him few friends in his hometown’s white, staunchly anti-union business community.

His picketing also foreshadowed a future in which King would move beyond the bloody battles against blatantly illegal state and local racial practices in places like Birmingham and Selma. Not content with the gains registered in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, he resolved to pursue a more expansive, aggressive, and (to white Americans, especially) unsettling socioeconomic and political agenda, one that would draw him into another fateful labor dispute some three and a half years later in Memphis.

While still involved in the Scripto affair, King sat for a Playboy interview with Alex Haley, in which he endorsed a massive federal aid program for blacks. Its whopping $50 billion price tag was, he pointed out, less than annual U.S. spending for defense. Such an expenditure, he argued, would be more than justified in “a spectacular decline” in “school dropouts, family breakups, crime rates, illegitimacy, swollen relief rolls, rioting, and other social evils.” Many poor whites were “in the very same boat with the Negro,” he added, and if they could be persuaded to join forces with blacks, they could form “a grand alliance” and “exert massive pressure on the Government to get jobs for all.”

King had made passing allusions to this possibility before, but a straightforward call for an active biracial coalition of have-nots was just as terrifying to white ruling elites, be they on Peachtree Street or Wall Street, as it had been when raised by the Populists in the 1890s.

King did nothing to quell these concerns when he later told David Halberstam that he had abandoned the incremental approach to social change of his civil rights protest days in favor of pursuing “a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values,” one which would “look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation.”

King’s vision of a “revolution in values” was not purely domestic. In April 1967, he denounced American involvement in Vietnam, once at his own Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and once at Riverside Church in New York before 3,000 people, on April 4, precisely a year before he was killed. He decried the hypocrisy of sending young black men “eight thousand miles to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in Southwest Georgia or East Harlem.” Beyond that lay the painful irony of seeing them join white soldiers, with whom they could “hardly live on the same block in Chicago or Atlanta,” in “brutal solidarity” as they torched “the huts of a poor village.” In this they were, however unwittingly, agents of a U.S. policy that destroyed and depopulated the countryside, forcing its former inhabitants to take refuge in cities teeming with “hundreds of thousands of homeless children” who were “running in packs on the streets like animals.”

much more at the quote. smithsonian is not leftist.

NYCVG

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri joins the growing list of Republican Senators who are not running again in 2022:

Roy Blunt, Pat Toomey, Mitch? Ron Johnson?

There are a few more but I can’t think of them. Richard Shelby?

Please add to list if you can.

orlbucfan

Ole Beijing Mitchie is trying to bully and cheat his way into naming his successor. What a total piece of human garbage, he is!!

wi62

He best be worried about his wife’s problems

NYCVG

This one’s for you, Polarbear4

polarbear4

gracias, amiga! prolly left out an accent or 2.

LieparDestin

polarbear4

i got a comment about logging into MyChart? lol

when i refreshed, this was here. go rashida!

LieparDestin

Lol, copied the wrong text over!

LieparDestin

orlbucfan

This bozo needs to change parties and get it over with.

wi62

X2700 , Does he really think the R will take a seat. News flash Manchin the R’s dont believe in climate change

polarbear4

they’ll take a seat to slow everything down and argue against and bring in even more corporate solutions than Byedone.

LieparDestin

He just gives them more cover. Why come to the table if they know he will chop away on their behalf so in the end they can vote against regardless. All while fundraising off it all.

oldtown61
oldtown61

It’s just not going to happen within the Dearthmocratic Party.

orlbucfan

T and R, and thank you, Ms. Benny!! 🙂 🙂