One year to the day before Rev. King received a bullet to his head, bold headlines in overseas newspapers all around the world read, KING CALLS US “GREATEST PURVEYOR OF VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD.” The same morning, in the United States of Wars, Wall St. owned, CIA controlled, TV and newspapers, which all defended and praised the war in Vietnam, vilified King as a traitor of his country and an embarrassment to the African-American community
This three day holiday, the US killing machine media will again celebrate the birthday of King, but in 1967, one year to the day before Rev. King received a bullet to his head, bold headlines in overseas newspapers all around the world read, KING CALLS US “GREATEST PURVEYOR OF VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD.”
The same morning, in the USA of Wars, Wall St. owned, CIA controlled, TV and newspapers, which defended and praised the war in Vietnam that King had condemned in a sermon at Riverside Church in New York, vilified King, as a traitor to his country and an embarrassment to the African-American community.
One hundred and sixty-eight newspapers denounced him in the days that followed. These editorials had a peculiarly vicious flavor. It was clear that King’s main transgression was not knowing his place. the Washington Post wrote that King had “diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, and his people.” The New York Times, in “Dr. King’s Error,” reminded King that his proper battlegrounds were “in Chicago and Harlem and Watts.”[‘Before the Media Lionized Martin Luther King Jr., They Denounced Him – Reflecting on revisionist history 50 years later’ by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 4/4/2018] https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/before-the-media-lionized-martin-luther-king-jr-they-denounced-him-629494/
King’s blistering nightmarish 1967 New York sermon ‘Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence’ came four years after his 1963 ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the March on Washington. In 1967, King again spoke to the people, not to the government he dismissed as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, and said that progress on social and human rights issues at home he had worked for was impossible as long as massive financing and human resources were being used to kill the poor overseas by the millions in order to maintain “unjust predatory investments.”
For a half-century, this criminal mainstream cartel of giant entertainment/news and publishing corporations have blacked out the text of King’s blistering 1967 New York sermon condemning the genocidal American military action in Vietnam in which King gave a damning history of the US in Vietnam since 1945. King admonished Americans,
“The Vietnamese people proclaimed their own independence in 1945 after a combined French and Japanese occupation and before the communist revolution in China. They were led by Ho Chi Minh. Even though they quoted the American Declaration of Independence in their own document of freedom … we decided to support France in its reconquest of her former colony. For nine years following 1945 we denied the people of Vietnam the right of independence. For nine years we vigorously supported the French in their abortive effort to recolonize Vietnam. …After the French were defeated, it looked as if independence and land reform would come again through the Geneva Agreement. But instead there came the United States, determined that Ho should not unify the temporarily divided nation, and the peasants watched again as we supported one of the most vicious modern dictators, our chosen man, Premier Diem. The peasants watched and cringed as Diem ruthlessly rooted out all opposition, supported their extortionist landlords, and refused even to discuss reunification with the North. The peasants watched as all this was presided over by United States and by increasing numbers of United States troops who came to help quell the insurgency that Diem’s methods had aroused. When Diem was overthrown … the long line of military dictators seemed to offer no real change, especially in terms of their need for land and peace…
America increased our troop commitments in support of governments which were singularly corrupt, inept, and without popular support. …Now they languish under our bombs and consider us, not their fellow Vietnamese, the real enemy. They move sadly and apathetically as we herd them off the land of their fathers into concentration camps where minimal social needs are rarely met. They know they must move on or be destroyed by our bombs.
So they go, primarily women and children and the aged. They watch as we poison their water, as we kill a million acres of their crops. They must weep as the bulldozers roar through their areas preparing to destroy the precious trees. They wander into the hospitals with at least twenty casualties from American firepower for one Vietcong-inflicted injury. So far we may have killed a million of them, mostly children. They wander into the towns and see thousands of the children, homeless, without clothes, running in packs on the streets like animals. They see the children degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers.What do the peasants think as we ally ourselves with the landlords and as we refuse to put any action into our many words concerning land reform? What do they think as we test out our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe? Where are the roots of the independent Vietnam we claim to be building? … We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land and their crops. We have cooperated in the crushing — in the crushing of the nation’s only non-Communist revolutionary political force, the unified Buddhist Church. We have supported the enemies of the peasants of Saigon. We have corrupted their women and children and killed their men.” …
Look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the country. This is a role our nation has taken, ” refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes from the immense profits of overseas investments. This is not just.”
[The above quote is from Martin Luther King’s New York sermon BEYOND VIETNAM – A TIME TO BREAK SILENCE, given in New York exactly one year to the day before was murdered. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm ]
Since 1999, mass murder supporting criminal media has also blacked-out the Memphis Tennessee court, judge and jury verdict that found governmental agencies were parties in the conspiracy that assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis in 1968.[see: ‘Martin Luther King was Killed 50 Years Ago, April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tenn. Court Decision, U.S. “Government Agencies” Found Guilty in Martin Luther King’s Assassination’ . Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tennessee Thirtieth Judicial District at Memphis, December 1999, By Carl Herman, Global Research, January 19, 2019 . https://www.globalresearch.ca/court-decision-u-s-government-agencies-found-guilty-in-martin-luther-kings-assassination-2/5320024
See also: The King Center – Assassination Conspiracy Trial
The soulless investors of billions and billions of dollars in the Vietnam War had to have felt their investments threatened by the second March on Washington that King had been planning to connect poverty at home with the huge expenditures on the war in Vietnam. At the time King was shot, he was supposed to be planning a larger demonstration to be held in Washington in a few months: the Poor People’s Campaign. The march had been in the works for months, since King in late 1967 called for thousands of Americans living in poverty to travel to the capital to demand economic equality.[‘What Happened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Campaigns’ Time Magazine, 4/2/2018] https://time.com/5221565/martin-luther-king-last-campaign/
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January 23, 2014 War-Promoting Media’s Snow Job and King’s Condemning US Wars for Predatory Investments
Mainstream media vilification of King as a traitor followed his world shaking sermon “Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence.” Media calumny only halted with his assassination that protected a safe return on trillions of dollars invested in wars from a charismatic leader determined to stop these massive crimes against humanity for overseas as he had led the halting of horrific unprosecutable racist c
Jan 13, 2015 Civil Rights Leaders, Progressives, Family, Will Again Betray Martin Luther King on His Birthday TV specials of criminal deception! King’s outrage, hellish descriptions of US atrocities meticulously whisked out of existence.But not without the help of the silence of Kings own family, comrades, fellow civil rights leaders, peaceniks, and progressives, who have made no serious effort to expose wars-supporting media’s 55 year old iron tight blackout of King’s condemnations and his taking personal responsibility along with all Americans
2007 The Silence of Clergy Today versus Rev. King’s “Silence is Betrayal!”
At the polls, citizens have finally expressed themselves against the war in Iraq. Candidates and incumbents feel the need to pretend to agree. But we rarely hear even a peep from Clergy. Is this for its observing the doctrine of ‘Separation of Church and State’ or because the Church has become BOUND to the State and SEPARATED from its faith?
July 31, 2014 Arundhati Roy: ‘Civil Rights Movement in US Has Become a War Supporting Movement’ Article bemoans how selective it is to bemoan the lack of civil rights, but only in America, and even for those Americans who return from willingly denying the very right to remain alive in their own beloved countries overseas.
2007 King’s Anguish versus Our Apathy Then and Now / Quote Rev. King
Passages from King’s “Beyond Vietnam”, if widely known, would be enough to make network entertainment/news current promotion of both Vietnam and Iraq military ventures as glorious look ridiculous at best or dastardly otherwise. King spoke firstly to the foreign lives so wantonly taken in the destruction of their homelands. That the 15th of each month be “Quote MLKjr Day” for peace and justice activists.
2008 Corporate Media Keeps King “in his place”! Buries King’s Fiery Condemnation of US Wars King thundered eloquently against U.S. genocidal imperialist wars, international predatory capitalism, factually denounced CIA overseas crimes, the cruel indifference and blind immorality of America. Corporate media blocks public knowledge of the fury of King’s outcry over U.S. wars of occupation and the powerful and vehement anti war pronouncements from his Beyond Vietnam speech, that made bold headlines news around the world
2008 Anti-war Alternate Media Again Allows ‘Big Brother’ to Handkerchief King Holiday
Tragically, progressive community’s editors and writers, including Afro-American writers, again did NOT take advantage of the national holiday to feature martyred King’s 1967 -68 anti-war, anti-imperialism, anti-international predatory capitalism speeches which since his assassination remain completely media suppressed from public attention; did NOT seek to publicize King’s thundering condemnations into public awareness. Why? No role model celebrity spoke up.
2008 Black History Month Ignored MLKJr. Condemnation of U.S. Wars, Predatory Capitalism
What keeps even black leaders from quoting Rev. King Jr.’ ’67 condemnations of U.S. wars and predatory trade? Why does no highly profiled American pick up where King left off? Quoting words of the only American allotted the national recognition of a public holiday honoring his birth, dangerous? Almost like quoting the bible. “My country, greatest purveyor of violence in the world! Silence is treason! Everyone must protest!”
2012 King Would Have Demanded Nuremberg Style Indictment of US Leaders and We Will! When a gang robs a bank, depositors don’t go into the street to protest, expecting the criminals to be arrested, tried and jailed. King condemned the massive crimes against humanity that most Americans were not seeing as such. Knowing from experience that the financial element ruling society owned judges on the courts, he limited himself to “everyone must protest!” Why King would have called for indictments is explained.
2013 Dream Anniversary Celebration Shrouds King’s “Beyond Vietnam’ Nightmare Sermon, His Martyrdom, Syrians. As US threatens Syria – 2013 “I Have a Dream’ anniversary. No mention of the 1967 King, condemner of America’s ‘atrocity wars’, who belatedly wanted to include the poor being slaughtered overseas for US investment profits in his dream of a just America. War investor owned conglomerate media promotes a patriotic war disinterested King, continues black out martyred King’s fiery condemnation of atrocity wars for investments.
2014 America Betrayed Rev. Dr. King Gagged His Condemning US Wars for Predatory Investments. On TV, the week-end of the MKJjr’ birthday holiday, see all the celebrities, black, white, Asian, Latino. They will come to praise King and bury again King’s condemnation of US atrocity “wars meant to maintain unjust predatory investments on three continents.” They will hail King to heaven, loudly, to drown out anyone whispering that King called their dirty government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.”
Aug 15, 2015. Slogan ‘Black Lives Matter!’ Not Intended to Include ‘Black’ Lives Taken by GI’s Overseas ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement operates in blatant disbelief of Martin Luther King’s moral and entirely logical warning; ‘will be no progress on social justice issues at home while we go on killing the poor overseas at a such an enormous expenditure of social and financial resources that makes such progress at home impossible.’ Another example of American exceptionalism is Occupy Wall St. diverting attention from US wars.
January 14, 2015 “On King’s Birthday BREAK the BLACKOUT! Facebook/Twitter King’s Condemnation of US Atrocity Wars for Predatory Investments Social networking Facebook Twitter YouTube cellphone cameras Everyone everywhere especially in countries suffering US bombings or CIA covert deadly violence, starvation! BREAK 48 year BLACKOUT of King’s condemnation of his gov.”greatest purveyor of violence in the world,” Don’t let genocidal media sucker our eyes and ears Use King’s 1963 “I have Dream’ to erase his 1967’That Dream won’
January 18, 2016 Shout King Held All Americans Responsible for Atrocity Wars for Lucrative Predatory Investments Everyone under the age of fifty, does not know (for it being suppressed in media for nearly a half-century), Rev. King condemned “atrocity wars and covert violence on 3 continents since 1945 meant to maintain unjust predatory investments” and held all Americans responsible for these atrocity wars for “not being willing to give up the pleasures and privileges that come from the immense profits from those predatory investments
December 31, 2015 Resolved! Rev. King’s Outcry Re Illegal Wars for Predatory Investments Will Trigger Prosecution Will 2016 be the year in which a prominent voice quotes King’s condemnations of US wars. Good people everywhere should resolve this new year to follow Ramsey Clark in his efforts toward hearing the truthful and liberating words of King as a catalyst toward achieving justice and adjudicated compensations that will end profitable genocide
July 14, 2016 Black GIs Killing Blacks Overseas a Problem for ‘Black Lives Matter’ Leaders Betraying MLKjr Unless Martin Luther King is wrong, the movement to protect US Blacks from White people will go nowhere while Black GIs help white people kill Africans in Africa and other non-Caucasian people all around the globe. Slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ is ignominious, humiliating, undignified, embarrassing, pleading, definitely not noble, not appropriate to repeated murdering of innocent folks and children and other inhuman behavior
January 16, 2017 African Americans Who Now Betray King’s Condemnation of Wars Will One Day Lead a Nice New USA Sometime during the next twenty-five years, as the United States slowly begins to lose economic, political, cultural and communications hegemony over the rest of the world, a much nicer, peaceful, pleasant, prosperous, free and expressively energetic America will begin to take shape and will trend toward seeking the unity, harmony and enjoyment found in its African American communities.
January 15, 2018 When African Americans Learn of Criminal Media’s 54 Year Blackout of King’s Condemnation of US Wars How strange it is that the African American community has either openly or indifferently been supportive of white racist regime change, imperialist bombings, invasions and bloody occupations in small nations of people whose skin color is of various hues even though MLK condemned those wars as “atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents since 1945 to maintain unjust predatory investments in countries overseas,” —
Apr 4, 2018. King Held All Americans Including Himself Responsible for US Atrocity Wars NOT His Government Click on the link and read and/or listen to King’s sermon that made headlines in bold print on newspapers around the world fifty-five years ago, and notice it is NOT addressed to the government but to all Americans. (King’s nightmarish sermon came 4 years after his “I Have a Dream” at the March on Washington) King spoke to the people not to the government he dismissed as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world and said that progress on social and human rights issues at home was impossible as massive money and human resources were being used to kill the poor overseas to maintain predatory investments.
Jan 20, 2019. King Damned US Wars Was Vilified in Media Shunned by Friends & Church & Murdered by Gov. Agencies Martin Luther King deserves being the only American whose birthday is celebrated with a three day holiday, but not only as the successful US civil rights movement’s leader, but even more for having been martyred confronting the American killing machine at its source, investors in military atrocities, covert violence and predatory finance.
Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India and in the US by Dissident Voice, Global Research; Information Clearing House; Counter Currents, Minority Perspective, UK and others; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles on deadly cultural pollution endangering seven areas of life emanating from Western corporate owned commercial media published in Hong Kong’s Window Magazine 1993; Howard Zinn lent his name to various projects of his; Weekly column, South China Morning Post, 1986-87; reviews for Ta Kung Bao; article China Daily, 1989. Is coordinator of the Howard Zinn co-founded King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign, and website historian of the Ramsey Clark co-founded Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign, which Dissident Voice supports with link at the end of each issue of its newsletter.