“just war theory” The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

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“sinking African American electorate still in deep depression”? The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

The title of a powerful blog post which makes the convincing argument, factual support and all, that African Americans have been left behind, more so under Barrack Obama, and find themselves in horrific economic conditions.

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President handing Wall Street $500 billion for bringing down the economy The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

Many world renowned, Nobel laureate economists such as Joseph Stiglitz have called the bailout for what it is:

a win-win-lose proposal: the banks win, investors win — and taxpayers lose.

The relatively unconditional bailout was even denounced by the man appointed by Obama to oversee the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), the former Special Investigator General Neil Barofsky. Barofsky lambasted Obama and the bailout, stating that the administration

has shown a remarkable deference to the interests of Wall Street, by protecting them at every juncture through the implementation of TARP and the regulatory reform process.

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Bears direct human costs on these populations which are not even examined, let alone seriously discussed? The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

In September 2012, Columbia Law School released what was touted as

“the first systematic study of the US government’s covert drone program and its objective was to critically assess US government procedures and standards for ensuring civilian protection and responding to civilian harm from drone strikes conducted both outside of full-scale military operations and with a degree of secrecy.”

The study was the first critically address the effects of covert military drone strikes on civilian populations themselves, a perspective rarely taken into account when discussing US programs.

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Illegal under international law The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

Under international law, a program such as the US drone program would require Pakistan’s explicit approval to operate within its territory. According to a UN terrorism in October, however:

The position of the government of Pakistan is quite clear: It does not consent to the use of drones by the United States on its territory and it considers this to be a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Ben Emmerson, U.N. special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights.

Following this statement and the joint reports of HRW and AI on drone strikes, the UN passed on a resolution “calling for on states using drone strikes as a counter-terrorism measure to comply with international law” (i.e. the United States).

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One that indiscriminately kills poor civilians and terrorists alike The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

October 2013 saw the joint release of reports by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on civilian deaths resulting from US drone strikes in Pakistan. The reports cast doubt on US government claims that civilian deaths were kept to a minimum, Amnesty International going so far as to say they were:

seriously concerned that these and other strikes have resulted in unlawful killings that may constitute extrajudicial executions or war crimes.

Human Rights Watch Report: “Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda: The Civilian Cost of US Targeted Killings in Yemen,”

Amnesty International Report: “Will I be Next?”

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Midst of President Obama’s demonstrably ineffective drone assassination campaign The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

Obama’s drone assassination program is purported to be one of “targeted killing”—much like a scalpel only cutting links in terrorist networks found to be essential for its function. It has also been painted as a “decapitation strategy” where air power is used to kill military leaders, thus compromising the effectiveness of the military force. The truth is that it is demonstrably not a targeted killing program due to the inexcusably high civilian death count and even if it were a “decapitation strategy”, the effectiveness of both decapitation strategies and the actual drone program itself, are fiercely debated.

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King delivered his seminal speech “Beyond Vietnam,” a comprehensive statement that made it painfully clear he was against the Vietnam War. The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” was given as the United States continued to escalate its invasion of Vietnam and notable figures, such as Noam Chomsky, began to publicly debate the merits of the US invasion. King’s speech elucidates his position, anti-war, and lays the moral, philosophical, and political basis for why he couldn’t stay silent in the face of US violence directed against foreign citizens while fighting against US violence at home.

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His decrying of a fundamental disconnect between reality and rhetoric—between America’s socio-economic order and promises of equality. The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

His take on institutional racism against the black man at home The Second Assassination of Martin Luther King: Whitewashing a Legacy of Dissent by Malcolm FleX 20

One of King’s more powerful—but lesser known—essays is a 1967 reflection on the Black Power movement and what it meant for the black population as a whole in terms of where it was, what issues were causing the emergence of the movement, and what the best way to move forward was.

King eloquently argued that:

When a people are mired in oppression, they realize deliverance only when they have accumulated the power to enforce change. The powerful never lose opportunities — they remain available to them. The powerless, on the other hand, never experience opportunity — it is always arriving at the later time.

The nettlesome task of Negros today is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power so that government cannot elude our demands. We must develop, from strength, a situation in which the government finds it wise and prudent to collaborate with us. It would be the height of naivete to wait passively until the administration had somehow been infused with such blessings of good will that it implored us for our programs.

We must frankly acknowledge that in past years our creativity and imagination were not employed in learning how to develop power. We found a method in nonviolent protest that worked, and we employed it enthusiastically. We did not have leisure to probe for a deeper understanding of its laws and lines of development. Although our actions were bold and crowned with success, they were substantially improvised and spontaneous. They attained the goals set for them but carried the blemishes of our inexperience.

This is where the civil rights movement stands today. Now we must take the next major step of examining the levers of power which Negros must grasp to influence the course of events. In our society power sources can always finally be traced to ideological, economic, and political forces.

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