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MLK: Collective responsibility for peace

Letter by Alfred K. LaMotte, Steilacoom on Jan. 18, 2011 at 10:43 am with 16 Comments »
January 18, 2011 10:43 am

Re: “Many faiths pay tribute to King” (TNT, 1-17).

Thank you for the inspiring article on the celebration of peace for MLK Day.

The recent debate on violence in America has actually been about collective vs. individual responsibility.

I used to think that Dr. King was assassinated because we were all responsible for the conscience of America: each word we speak creates ripples of positive or negative power to affect our collective humanity. Each of us must change the violent fearful thinking that forms the social matrix whence individual acts arise, not as random isolated events, but expressions of our national mental health.

Now, listening to apologists for the far right, I hear a different narrative. Am I to believe that Dr. King was murdered in a random act of insanity, for which no one was really responsible?

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  1. redneckbuck says:

    Which political party ruled the southern states back then?

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Sorry…..Blacks kill their own FAR more often than Whites do….and vice versa, as well.

  3. “Now, listening to apologists for the far right, I hear a different narrative. Am I to believe that Dr. King was murdered in a random act of insanity, for which no one was really responsible?”

    La Motte – how the heck does the Right get from the TNT article… to your letter?

    I read the article yesterday and reread it today… Dude, can you help a brother out with some logic for your question/conclusions?

  4. James Earl Ray killed MLK – he was an escaped con who had become fixated on MLK. Collective responsibility – hogwash!!

    There is one collective though: I would surmise that 100% of Americans would love to time travel and have the police pick up prison escapee Ray before he pulled that trigger.

    Some for purely humane reasons, some because of the “what might have been” scenarios of what MLK would have done with a longer life.

    And not so surprising, a substantial number who would rather fore go the extra federal holiday which elevated MLK’s memorial above any president (as all share a single day)

  5. redneckbuck says:

    …………..still waitng for a definiton of hate speech

  6. “…………..still waitng for a definiton of hate speech”


  7. Someone was indeed responsible, Mr. LaMotte. The man who shot Dr. King.
    Did he find ample reinforcement for whatever he imagined to be true? I’m sure he did, just as each of us can find ample backing for whatever ideology we embrace.

    Your frequent contributions here suggest that you’re preoccupied with faulting those on the right side of the political spectrum for all of the ills of our society. It would be nice if it were that tidy, but it’s not. As it is, your comments are immediately suspect because of their predictability.

    You are a perfect representative of the US-THEM mentality.

  8. redneck – I posted that definition on the thread you asked for it…….

    Maybe I should post the definition of disingenous…..

  9. Or provide the link here. :-)

  10. Alfred out did his usual apples and oranges analogy…

    He also fails to see it’s the left that is making apologies for the shooter, the sheriff, and any of the hateful rhetoric that has come from the left.

    “logic” from FLamo rr98411?

    I haven’t seen the definition of hate speech either. I’d like to see the one that id applied to the lefties. I already know what it is for the righties…
    ‘anytime a lefty disagrres with a righty… it’s hate speech.’

  11. Cornell West spoke on the Tavis Williams show about the Santa Clausification of MLK.

    That someone who was once declared the most dangerous man in America is now being claimed as a supporter of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars by the Pentagon (he was vehemently in opposition to the Viet Nam war) or in support of “right to work” deregulations (he was staunchly pro-union) demonstrates that most Americans only know that he once said “I have a dream” and believe that his life was a dreamed version of utopia in America through support of the status quo.

  12. I haven’t seen the definition of hate speech either.

    So you didn’t read my posted definition on the thread you posted on? If so, it must be the first post of mine you have ever missed.

    Adjective: Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.

  13. Never heard of Cornell West or the Travis Williams show. And we know that (based on beerBoy’s precedent from another post) that if you’ve never heard of the show or the person, there is no valid point and therefore it is dismissed.

    Yes, I didn’t read the definition you posted.

  14. Such a cogent defence of willful ignorance.

    And yes….I chose the British spelling of defense intentionally.

  15. I’m so hurt.

  16. A link to MLK’s last speech “I have been to the Mountaintop”


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