Martin Luther King’s Golden Legacy of Nonviolence

Jim Goad, Takimag, January 21, 2013

On Friday during a speech in Florida, slain civil-rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.’s far fatter, balder, and lighter-skinned son urged Americans to break free from their wretchedly shameful “culture of violence.”

The next day, a Mississippi man was shot in the chest during a parade honoring King’s legendary (and, c’mon, far more famous) daddy.

The shooting occurred on Martin Luther King Drive in Jackson, MS. {snip}

This tragic shooting at the MLK Parade on MLK Drive follows what is a darn-near epidemic—or, to put it as mildly as possible, a “spate”—of recent stabbings, shootings, and other violent incidents that are sadly yet unfortunately related in some way to Dr. King’s legacy:

• Right before Christmas, a San Antonio woman was stabbed by her boyfriend inside her home near the intersection of I-10 and Martin Luther King Drive. Three of her children reportedly witnessed the incident.

• In late December, a man was stabbed in his bicep while trying to defend the honor of his girlfriend from a mob that was harassing her on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City.

• In the wee hours of New Year’s Day, a woman was stabbed on a DC Metrobus near the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

• In Detroit on January 2, 26-year-old Semeria Greene was charged with the stabbing death of her eight-year-old daughter, Tameria, at the Martin Luther King Apartments. {snip}

• Early in January, Chevon C. Dixon pled guilty to fatally stabbing her boyfriend last April at his apartment on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Peoria.

• On January 4 a man claims he was robbed in a stairwell on the third floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center in Sioux City, IA. He says the suspect held him in a headlock and threatened to stab him.

{snip}

• Of all these cases, the most tragic—i.e., “amusing”—is the recent arrest of a 33-year-old Jacksonville man named Martin Luther King in connection with a January 9 triple shooting in which one man died. King allegedly used a dreaded “assault rifle” and wore a facemask while attacking his victims as they innocently played a game of dominoes.

{snip}

Despite his violent death and the nationwide violence that erupted in its wake, and despite even what Ralph David Abernathy is alleged to have said, Martin Luther King—I mean the famous one, the 1968 murder victim, not the 2013 murder suspect—may have been an entirely peaceful man. Frankly, I didn’t know the guy. But I do know that in a speech he gave only weeks before he was slain in Memphis, he proclaimed that “a riot is the language of the unheard.” So despite his lifelong emphasis on nonviolent tactics, it seems as if even the saintly Dr. King may have been reconciling himself to the inevitability of violence in achieving political change.

A week before his murder, violence erupted at the tail end of a march that King was leading to protest the treatment of black Memphis sanitation workers. Black teens started smashing storefronts in downtown Memphis; in the ensuing melee, at least 64 people were injured and police shot a 16-year-old black youth to death. Although King officially distanced himself from the violence, he allegedly continued to negotiate with members of The Invaders, a black-power group thought by many to be responsible for the march’s violence.

{snip}

Amid the gun-grabbing cacophony, you rarely hear that when it comes to violent crime, American blacks are “three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun.” Nor are you often reminded of blacks’ darkly comical statistical over-representation in American homicide stats. The complex pathologies of American gun ownership, like those broadly attributed to “the South” in general, are once again misdiagnosed as strictly a white thing. But we should never, as a nation, fail to acknowledge the rich and vibrant contributions that American blacks have made when it comes to gun crime.

The weightier question is whether political or social change can ever occur without violence, or at least the implied threat of force. It’s hard for me to tell which phenomenon had a deeper impact on American culture: King’s mostly nonviolent marches, or his murder and the ensuing nationwide urban conflagrations. Is it possible that white Americans finally started to comply with black demands not due to some big-hearted moral compulsion but because they were scared into “accepting” change?

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[Editor’s Note: Author Jim Goad will be speaking at the 2013 AmRen conference. Find out more here.]

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  • Biff_Maliboo

    What’s in a name?

  • tarczan

    Before the chance passes, let me wish all my brothers and sisters at AmRen a happy, healthy, and joyous MLK day. I trust you all spent the day in quiet meditation and prayer, reflecting on what the great man meant to us all.

    • OlderWoman

      I never gave him a thought until I came to Amren. Reflecting on him helps remind me that he destroyed the South and a wonderful way of life. And that he was a woman beater and a plaigiarizer.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NQHEAYZCMBOERHG2VZRDQ3YUSQ Felix

    In my city on the local MLK boulevard liquor stores, discount smoke shops, used car dealerships, pay-day loan outlets, nail parlours, Korean-run convenience stores and ho’s are the predominant businesses. There is the odd boo-teek for a brotha’ or a sistah’ to get duded up every 1/2 mile or so, but it remains largely a place honest people don’t walk at night, and drive-bys number cultural festivals 10 to 1.

    • saxonsun

      “Boo-teek.” Love it.

    • OlderWoman

      You must be British – parlours.

  • The__Bobster

    Happy Stonewall Jackson Day!

  • OlderWoman

    Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day.

    • Gerónimo Anónimo

      I’ll take Squirrels over Afros any day. They’re cute and they don’t assault, rape and murder us.

  • Some Guy
  • Francis Galton

    Whenever you’re in the presence of the “unawakened,” be sure to mention something about MISTER Martin Luther King, Jr. It may be the start of an interesting conversation….

  • E. Rekshun

    Every few years, a coalition of local blacks in my city tries to force city council to rename a street to MLK Blvd. Oddly, it’s always been a street far outside the black area. Of course, the potentially affected businesses and residents strongly fight it. Attendance at those city council meetings spills out into the parking lot. So far, the city council has not caved in and there remains no street named in honor of MLK in my city. Don’t know how much longer they can hold out.

    • 5n4k33y35

      Just like Jews pushing holocaust museums everywhere. I’m surprised Israel hasn’t somehow shamed and cajoled China and Japan to build holocaust museums yet. And with the blacks, Martin Luther King Blvd. in every city.

      I say send some shyster heeb lawyers from SPLC to make black Africans name a street after Amy Bielh in ever African city. If the shyster lawyers end up in the cannibal’s pot, fine.

      Also, we should all be agitating to keep the Africans in Israel, until Israel sends Mossad agents to rough up every prominent Jew who is pushing white guilt and diversity enrichment on gentile white society. Until then, we should be demanding more vibrant diversity for Israel.

      • PesachPatriot

        As someone who is descended from h word survivors(don’t want to get into a debate about if it happened or not) I am disgusted by the “industry” that has spouted around the events of 1933-1945…bad stuff happened, Israel was created, things have been going somewhat better since then, there is a pretty depressing museum in jerusalem, another in DC and a third one in Miami…thats enough in my book. I also thoroughly detest all the liberal jews who make it the biggest most important event in in a 3,500 year history…we did a lot of other stuff other than fertilize ukrainian farmland. Some of my kin feel that an unpleasant event should be used as an eternal payday, just like another demographic….I have never asked for anyone else’s pity or assistance in life….nor would I ever want it.

        Don’t hold your breath for shyster lawyers to agitate in africa…most of them would be scared in the very safe american woods at night. Israel will always have plenty of vibrant diversity because its directly adjacent to a very screwy continent.

        • OlderWoman

          There’s another museum in Beverly Hills, Ca. It’s mistakenly called the Museum of Tolerance. They hate Gentiles and Messianic Jews who are Christians. It’s a good racket they have going there. Part of what they call the “Shoah Business”. I know this comment will be deleted.

          • PesachPatriot

            Oh yeah, forgot about that one too…i read Elie Wiesel’s night book a long time ago…I used to respect him, but he’s made my bad list after coming out in favor of gun control. He did have a rough time of things a long time ago and I am inclined to forgive his recent ramblings as the onset of senility. My dad made a remark about him after I graduated high school 15 years ago about how he dislikes professional victims and whiners…

            I know you had a bad experience there and i’m sorry about that…I see some Messianic Jews at the county fair here every year…I don’t really agree with them theologically, but whatever, america still technically has freedom of religion so whatever they want to do is basically their business and certainly doesn’t effect my life at all….I guess those guys forgot tolerance means tolerating older southern ladies too…

      • Gerónimo Anónimo

        Amy Biehl was one of the many victims of the same program that has destroyed the minds of the majority of our White kids with the complicity of her liberal parents. Her father shook the hands of her killers after their acquittal and made some statement about reconciliation. Some father!! I would have at least TRIED to kill those two/ three pongids right in the courtroom even if I get killed. The killers guffawed in the courtroom when a witness described how she groaned in pain while the crowd beat and stabbed her.

        Eve Carson was another victim of the same bulls–t progressive thinking. She begged the two simians to pray with her. Poor, sweet, brainwashed innocent! They raise their kids to be loving and giving which amounts to signing their death warrant.

        While you’re focusing on Jews there might be a group of Mau Mau sneaking up behind you. Jews have been driven from their homes in cities like Philadelphia, the Strawberry Mansion and Wynnefield neighborhoods for example and murdered by Blacks but yet they keep defending them. I don’t now nor will I EVER understand it.

        • PesachPatriot

          I think its called noam chomsky disease….you also have a never ending supply of lefty american jews defending the palestinians and protesting for their rights…There is a very good book by an Israeli writer named amos oz called in the land of Israel….the best chapter is called the tender and the delicate among you. The jews who defend the Mau Mau, like my dear libtarded mother and the over educated idiots in academia live in very nice places very far away from hood shenanigans. The lawyers among us defend them because their crime level can always be counted on for a steady paycheck. We are a strange people….I can’t understand us some time, so I understand why you are mystified by this phenomenon

          • OlderWoman

            So you know about the “Shoah Business”. I know this question will be deleted.

          • PesachPatriot

            I know some of the nebbishy, weak kneed american crybaby jews need to constantly wave the bloody shirt of the mid 20th century unpleasantness in everyone else’s face…yeah some bad stuff happened to us, but lots of bad stuff happened to a lot of other peoples too…a brief glance at the 6 o clock news shows that we have all clearly learned nothing from that little episode of man’s inhumanity to man. If it were up to me anyone who did not live through it should just keep their mouths shut and mourn and commemorate privately on the appropriate day in april. Our history is so much more than uncomfortable train rides and unnecessary medical experiments…

          • OlderWoman

            Don’t get me wrong Pesach…I’m for Hebrews right to all of Israel as their country. The squatters in Palestine should be deported. They’re a dangerous lot, murderous and hate Israelis. However, when it comes to using guilt to raise money (like blacks) I am strongly opposed to liberal Jews Shoah Business. I don’t support liberal Jews but, I’d rather send aid to Israel than Africa. Giving to Africa is like pouring money into a black hole…pun intended.

          • PesachPatriot

            I never you get you wrong….you are probably one of my favorite posters here….I’m actually in favor of letting the people in Israel decide the boundaries they will eventually have with the palestinians….No US administration will ever be able to sort out the arab vs. arab conflicts in the region, let alone the 90 years and counting holy land sandbox tantrum. Hope you had a good Christmas…I always like watching its a wonderful life.

          • OlderWoman

            I enjoy your posts also. Hope you had a wonderful Hanukkak and hope you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

    • Some Guy

      My guess is they are hoping at least one MLK Blvd in America is crime and drug free and at the same time rubbing it in Whitey’s face.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Gunman shoots 5 teens on MLK and LaSalle in NO

    A Mississippi man was shot in the chest during a parade honoring MLK

    Wouldn’t the Revvv. King be proud of his legacy of nonviolence?

    Well, if they were shot due to the content of their character and not the color of their skin, then the dream lives on!!

    And, the legacy of naming streets after MLK alerts Whites of areas to avoid at all times and at all costs.

    Bon

  • Don

    I felt like I was watching a Black Panther rally/march today. Not sure which was worse: watching all those ugly Africans celebrating like they won something, or watching all those brainwashed white people loving the diversity? Those African loving white people should be forced to spend a month in an African neighborhood.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      Don,
      Were they calling for the death of “Crackuhs and their little babies”? Just a guess, was this rally in Killadelphia?

      • LaSantaHermandad

        They found the burning body of a thirty something pediatrician in the basement of her home in Philadelphia. She was working on a pediatric project at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. No answers as yet re. COD.

        In Berks County a man riding his bike was attacked by what Channel 6 Action News referred to as “a group of children”. He was beaten and stabbed. We’ve progressed from ” youths”, “teens” and “youngsters” to “children”.

        They weren’t described as dressed in Dr. Denton “Jammies” and wearing Pampers but I guess that’ll be the next step.

        Apparently the victim isn’t dead. Too bad it didn’t turn out like the one a year or so ago where the biker had a firearm and killed one of the “toddlers”.

        BTW didn’t our POTUS invite the BBPP to the White House at some time during the first term?

        • LaSantaHermandad

          I meant NBPP. New Black Panther Party.

        • Some Guy

          I never beat or stabbed anyone as a child and I would guess that no one else here did too. You are right Toddler is next on the list.

      • OlderWoman
    • LaSantaHermandad

      Don,
      I totally misread your opening sentence. My brain recorded only “I was watching….” You were referring to the Inaugural Parade. Nor much difference anyway.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Robert E. Lee and I share the same birthday, Jan. 19. Every year during this weekend I just pretend that we are celebrating Robert E. Lee day. It’s funny, if a liberal read a biography about Robert E. Lee and you left out the civil war part, the liberal would consider him to be one of the most amazing Americans of all time.

    • saxonsun

      That’s the main reason why he was–the Civil War part.

  • SintiriNikos

    Nobody cuts through the black racist claptrap like Jim Goad. And the man is hilarious! A national treasure.

    The one useful legacy of MLK is the public service of knowing some places to avoid, ie. any street, crescent, boulevard, community center, highway, byway, bridge, tunnel, transit stop, etc named after the late, sainted Dr. Reverend guru Messiah.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      The sight of those kiss a$$ White adults and the brainwashed White kids participating in these “volunteer” activities such as painting walls and other symbolic crap to honor the memory of St. Martin of Whores is absolutely sickening. He was nothing but a vile libertine who was “f–king for Jesus”, abusing women and creating chaos wherever he went. Creating chaos wherever they go is business as usual for Afros.
      J. Edgar Hoover had him figured out but then again, it validates the old cliché that “it takes one to know one”,

    • saxonsun

      Excellent.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Almost everywhere MLK went, violence from the usual suspects erupted while and especially after he went. His preaching “non-violence” I think was nothing more than a subtle demand for violence. Everywhere he went, whites reacted in droves by joining the Citizens Councils and other similar organizations. If AR existed while he lived in paper form, it would have gotten thousands upon thousands of new subscribers from whites after he visited every given big city he visited.

    That’s an important point to grok, because there’s a conspiracy theory out there that “we” had MLK offed. Feh to that — MLK was as good for the versions of “us” in the 1950s and 1960s, just like Barack Obama is the gun salesman of the decade.

    • Garrett Brown

      John Engleman and his girlfriend do not appreciate your bluntness and truth sir.

      • RaymondWalnuts

        John Engleman and his Asian Boyfriend find your comment to be lacking in the PC Department…

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    The author forgot another act of violence that was enacted towards all Americans on MLK day…

    Obama was reinaugurated.

  • ZB

    I knew a nurse who once told me that LA’s Martin Luther King, Jr Hospital was known as “Killer King” by the locals: you go in with just a small cut to your finger, and you come out dead.

    • TheAntidote

      I understand this institution is gradually being borged and taken over by “Latinos” as the mestizos are called out there. And sure enough, as Spanish becomes prevalent the Africans depart and a modicum of efficiency and accountability becomes the norm. Perhaps when the reconquista is complete the hospital will be re-named Cesar Chavez or Fidel Castro Centro Medico.

      • LaSantaHermandad

        How about el Centro Médico de Los Hijos de la Chingada?

    • OlderWoman

      A black doctor I once knew, went to Meharry Medical…he developed septisemia and died. I’ve heard horror stories about black dental and medical clinics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Miller/100004334405350 Bill Miller

    Q: What’s the difference between Martin Luther King Day and St. Patrick’s Day?

    A: On St.Patrick’s Day, everyone wants to be Irish.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NQHEAYZCMBOERHG2VZRDQ3YUSQ Felix

      And almost all of them knows who his really daddy is.

    • JackKrak

      I don’t know about the difference, but they definitely have something in common for me – they both make we want to drink (but for different reasons…).

    • falsedawn

      that’s good…

    • saxonsun

      No, I don’t think everyone wants to be Irish. I know the saying and I have always thought, “what crap.”

  • bluffcreek1967

    MLK wanted blacks to be judged by the ‘content of their character,’ not the color of their skin. Yes, and that explains why whites (or any people of common sense) avoid blacks and are suspicious of them – it’s the ‘character’ issue! Blacks have earned every ounce of suspicion and alarm they receive from whites.

    • toldev

      Any objective measure of “the content of their character” is now deemed racist. The use of intelligence testing, criminal background checks, or credit rating by any company is likely to result in a disparate impact lawsuit.

    • fakeemail

      MLK did NOT want blacks judged by the content of their character. He simply knew the right words to say that would sway the bleeding heart whites and the “individualist” true believer republicans.

      MLK wanted quotas, affirmative action, forced integration, and cradle to grave welfare. He was a communist. Sharpton and Jackson are the exact heirs to his legacy. They did not “pervert” his message as neo-cons claim.

    • Unperson

      St. Martin-of-the-Motels said he wanted blacks to be judged by “the content of their character.” Fair enough. I would never want to be so shallow as to judge someone by outward appearances alone.

      But the obvious follow-up question — which NEVER gets asked — is: What if we judge them by the content of their character and we STILL don’t like them? What if our honest, unprejudiced opinion of their character is that is severely lacking? What if we give them the benefit of every doubt — as we’ve done for the past half-century — and assess them as fairly as we can… and we nevertheless arrive at the inescapable conclusion that they’re a sorry, slothful, unimaginative, untrustworthy, and extremely DANGEROUS bunch of evolutionary-throwbacks that White people should avoid at costs?

      What THEN, Docta King? What THEN?

  • bigone4u

    I sent in links to several news items, including Jim Goad’s article. He’s refreshingly honest in a masculinely aggressive sort of way. I direct you to his recent Twitter comment about Ms. Obama’s new hairdo, a comment I can’t repeat here because my repeating of his comment would be deleted and might get me banned from this website. In any case, glad to see Jim Goad is on the program for the Amren conference.

    • OlderWoman

      You should google Jim Goads “Obama Family Circus” on Takimag. It’s hilarious.
      While you’re there, google John Derbyshires “The Talk”.

  • Lartin Kuther Ming, Jr.

    It is fitting that the legacy of the great black fraud is death, rape and violence. I only wish we Whites were spared from this garbage.

    NO STUPID DEED GOES UNPUNISHED.

  • monkeyfacebama
    • Some Guy

      What a coward!…and armed too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McConnell/563448640 Michael McConnell

    What ever is named MLK, be it a school, hospital, park or road, is always the worst. It is a code phrase which means “stay out of this area”.

  • Fightback1488

    I was wondering what Jim Goad was up to these days. I don’t agree with everything he says, but he’s a great writer.

  • shmo123

    In my eyes MLK’s transgressions far outweigh any of his accomplishments. A so-called “reverend” and man of God whose solicitation and abuse of prostitutes made him no better than a pedophile priest. A Phd after his name that he plagiarized. Not even his name was real. Knowing that, what can anyone think when the plagiarized speech that this man is most noted for talks about “content of character”?

    Am I wrong about this, or does this whole “holiday” with all its encomiums, speeches, church services and genuflecting all just seem hollow and empty? Anyone agree?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.blades.750 Ryan Blades

    It’s only a matter of time before “Our Lord and Savior” Barack Obama’s name will supplant
    MLK’s on street signs across the country.

    • OlderWoman

      I’ll vomit when they begin naming streets after the jug-eared fraud in the White House.