Protest Is the End of Silence
On this MLK Day and 50th anniversary of Selma, much inspiring action intent on rejecting "the Kumbaya King" and reclaiming what Cornel West proudly deems "the Radical King" - anti-imperial, anti-colonial, anti-racist, democratic socialist - and his "revolutionary witness." Protests aimed at "the business of disrupting white supremacy" from New York to Ferguson to Oakland - including Palestinians making the vital link - updates from #ReclaimMLK and #MLKalsoSaid, reminders of Selma's "bottom-up" history and the need to fight the sanitizing of King's legacy, and, once more, King's fierce Letter From Birmingham Jail insisting on the rightness of his fighting in Birmingham, so "unwise and untimely" to his critics, "because injustice is here...(and) injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." King goes on to praise "the sublime courage" of "Negro demonstrators...these disinherited children of God" who will one day be recognized as "real heroes...standing up for what is best in the American dream." Still waiting, still standing up.