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.
Will it happen in 2016, during the weekend holiday in the United States dedicated to Martin Luther King’s birth date that of the dozens of nations presently under attack, whether by US NATO UN military or economic warfare, one will field a celebrity status leader reading to the public from King’s long suppressed sermon Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence?
In 2016, will some country’s president, and then others, in defense of country or in defense of all nations bombed, invaded, occupied and cruelly sanctioned say the whole truth about the USA, by quoting American’s number one hero. Why, even try to defend one’s people from US aggression in one’s own words when quoting USA’s own Martin Luther King’s words, fully encompass utter denunciation of his government’s crimes against humanity?
“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world is my own government.” (on April 5, 1967 this sentence in bold large type was headlined in newspapers around the world. King was vilified in all of corporate media and shot dead within the year.)
If someone commanding attention quotes King condemning US wars, America’s number one honored hero will have to be again vilified, slandered and adulation revoked by a substantial amount of Americans, however, this time King will have a world-wide decisive advantage as there will be an avalanche of relief to hear the truth always suspected or known in silence, roll down upon the decades of devilish and deadly deception, deception that will be seen in retrospect as asinine fairy tales that brought death to millions in what King described as”atrocity wars and covert genocide on three continents in maintenance of unjust predatory investments“(and King gave us a short but comprehensive history of US crimes from 1945 in Vietnam)
The war criminal media egregious forty-eight years of burying from public awareness King’s blistering condemnation of his government’s atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents will soon boomerang and disable much of that media’s war supporting credibility. The pathetic media promoted idea that every GI who ‘served’ in Vietnam was a hero will be as absurd as thousands of veterans and TV watchers thought all along.
Once the cat is out of the bag, so to speak, and US media unable to squelch Reuters, BBC, RT and media in Asia, Africa, and Latin America from broadcasting parts of Beyond Vietnam a Time to Break Silence as quoted by a world personality, the African-American community will certainly check in.
For nearly five decades, America’s famed Black celebrities, somehow, either out of fear or lack of interest, have cooperated by their silence with America’s total blackout of Martin Luther King’s anguished cry of “silence is betrayal!” and have remained silent, mercilessly silent, while non-white men, women and children by the millions have perished ‘in harm’s way‘ of Americans or America’s allies in uniform.
America’s black celebrities and government officials have even been silent when candidates during election campaigns are hailed in their ads and in mainstream media as heroes! That could not happened if Americans knew what King cried out about the war in Vietnam, which continued for eight genocidal years after his assassination,
“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? Is it among these voiceless ones?
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 Buddhist Church. We have supported the enemies of the peasants of Saigon. We have corrupted their women and children and killed their men.“
Too many who are or were old enough to have heard King’s anguished plea for the lives of non-white brothers and sisters and their children in Vietnam and other poor countries, have maintained a silence that King called betrayal. “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” And that time has come for us.” One wonders what King felt when Black Americans he was risking his life for distanced themselves from him in silent agreement with the five times more numerous white majority around them supporting the wars.
Though today’s black celebrities in general seem a hell of a lot more in tune, in sync, in play, work, style, and politics, in league with that wealthier, even wealthiest part of America, your truly expects an explosion of truth one day soon.
Your archival research people’s historian, who has worked for the Ramsey Clark and Howard Zinn founded King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign with support from Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, has never doubted that the longer criminal media maintains the blackout of King’s sermons Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence and Why I Am Against the War in Vietnam, the more devastating it will be for the trillions invested in war when King’s words become an object of world-wide interest.
Year after year, on King’s birthday and the anniversary of “I have a Dream” speech, corporate mainstream media programs week-long newsreels and commemorative discussions in great praise of civil-rights King from people betraying condemner-of-US-wars King at the same time, helping to throw a beautiful “I have a Dream” blanket over King’s ‘we have a nightmare’ rage “Beyond Vietnam” sermon given four years later, in which King shouted why that dream hadn’t happened and wasn’t going to happen until the slaughtering overseas stopped!
“We have corrupted their women and children and killed their men…and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.“
Sad to be dead sure our very hip black celebrities are aware of this perfect snow job of praising good American King to heaven in order to cover King’s “disloyalty’ to America’s “atrocity wars meant to maintain unjust predatory investments.” [see Dream Anniversary Celebration Shrouds King’s “Beyond Vietnam’ Nightmare Sermon, His Martyrdom, Syrians)
There must have been suppressed anger from Black Americans over the continuous killing of non-whites that King condemned and surely cost him his life. King was too intolerable an enemy for the investors in war who rule us to let a charismatic figure like him go on exposing the truth of wars to maintain trillions of dollars of predatory investments in former colonies.
There must have been Black anger when British, French and other Europeans, who were enslaving their African ancestors centuries before white Americans began to, joined the bombing in Africa?
Most black America’s intelligent celebrities would never know nearly one million Libyans (out of a total population of six million), were wildly demonstrating against the former colonial masters of Libya bombing their government’s army and militias and destroying Tripoli while hunting down their revolutionary leader? The videos of this demonstration (that spokesperson Saif Gaddafi naively thought would shame Europeans into desisting), were, and still, are on the Internet.)
The Internet is free for the interested, the concerned, the ashamed, the angry. Most celebrities are Internet savvy, they must know the truth. We all watched CNN feature for nine months, obvious hired guns in heavily weaponized pick-up trucks hailed by commentators as freedom-fighters (while these ‘freedom fighters’ were cruelly executing black Libyans?) Are these African-American idols biting their lip, afraid to risk any part of their careers by speaking out? We enjoy seeing them on TV, charming, noble, projecting confidence, living it up, on the same day the evening news gives news of the wars and shows photos of young men in dress uniform (most of them Black or Latino) for having heroically died “for us’ (killed while killing, mostly). They have been making everyone forget or pretend to forget what King had anguished over, namely, poor and innocent fellow human beings slaughtered by his own countrymen. (“we may have killed a million of them, mostly children.”)
Hundreds of African-Americans are heavy role models with fans the world over for their achievements and media promotion? They’re not just role models for Black people and Black kids. They are influential role models for perhaps a majority of Americans now. They must have unspoken anger and sympathy for the slaughtering of non-white poor in dozens of former colonies up to genocide level. But even Mohammed Ali, a hero King had praised and looked up for refusing to go to Vietnam, like a hundred other black personalities listed above, have given themselves over to pleasant visits to the White House making presidents look good. Our beloved Black celebrities watch as a Black Commander-in-Chief orders military acts that bring death and destruction to innocent black and brown complexioned citizens overseas.
How many African-American role model celebrities have not seen the piles of dead dark-skinned Vietnamese, Afghani, Iraqi, Pakistani, women and children killed by Americans, including by African-Americans on TV continually?
Via satellite transmission, the world sees African America soldiers within the overwhelmingly white armed forces of every white populated nation in a coalition killing the dark-skinned enemy in Afghanistan. Now, only Black American anger seen is over lack of jobs, housing and health care for the many African-American veterans of the twelve years of occupation war in Afghanistan. But not only concerned Blacks, but all activists insisting in pursuing social issues on the same level as peace, will soon be aware that Rev. Dr. King cried out that this anger over racial and social progress United States of America is useless “I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.” Besides useless, King reminded that it was immoral to put our well-being as more important than the poor we were slaying. The world gets to watch movies and sports with jovial black super stars oddly at the same time that lots of Black soldiers of all ranks fight for a corrupt Quisling Afghan government while kids outside Kabul freeze to death or starve to death.
Man, all these years Americans, including Black Americans are having a ball watching Black football and basketball stars, funny and exiting movies, Black comedians, singers, ministers, commentators, talk shows, war establishment Black politicians and their brother president, as if insane genocide was not being perpetrated in the same moment against Black people overseas. “God damn America for her crimes against humanity!” Rev. Jeremiah Wright got to hear and see himself sound-bit on prime time in 2008, as a target of derision as Obama’s embarrassing family pastor.
This is all to say, once the truth of King’s last year on Earth begins to be spoken of around the world, African-Americans will no longer feel their careers in jeopardy when they speak out against the often obvious lies that justify death for millions.
Celebrities, who are or were old enough to have heard King’s anguished plea for the lives of non-white brothers and sisters and their children in Vietnam and other poor countries, have maintained a silence that King called betrayal. “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” “And that time has come for us.” One wonders what King felt when even the Black Americans he was risking his life for distanced themselves from him in agreement with the five times more numerous white majority around them supporting the wars.
Some of us are not waiting until January 18, the annual public holiday on his birthday, to again resurrect King’s condemnation of U.S. war for profit foreign policy.
Most of us dedicated to King’s words being heard again figure King had to be taken out because he was debating the slaughters and lies of Capitalist imperialism. What if King had been allowed to live to make his planned second march on Washington to connect poverty in America with the wars overseas?
We know on his upcoming birthday King, who condemned US wars will again be betrayed by war-supporting Clergy’s praise, but we look to their shame being felt soon.
Then it will be ‘King condemned US wars‘ versus ‘Obama praises, continues, starts wars, and lies about ’em.’ Until then, two great American leaders are presented in media as if Obama were of the same mind about his country as King was.
In school, everyone under fifty was kept from knowing of King’s denouncing his government, condemning its wars for predatory investments. Once media blackout of the real King is overcome, instant communication technology will make a great multitude aware of King’s last year. There will come a time to choose between Obama and King.
Since King received his bullet to the head, many millions of fellow precious lives of innocent men, women and children have continued to be taken in their own beloved nations, even in their homes. Now it is too late to protest to the investors in genocide. Only prosecution and the huge reparations, compensations and indemnities will bring a halt to profitable investment in the illegal genocidal use of the nation’s military and CIA.
Celebrities in media, have up to now successfully buried King’s condemnations and his holding all Americans, including himself responsible, not just their government, “for refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes from the immense profits of overseas investments.” But these media celebrities might best remembers that five prominent Nazi media personalities were convicted at Nuremberg.
Who will be the commanding personality who breaks the blackout? And which country will he or she be from? 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 bringing profitable genocide to an end.
Jay Janson is an archival research people s historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents in 67 countries; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India, Sweden and the US; 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; Global Research; Information Clearing House; Counter Currents, Kerala, India; Minority Perspective, UK; Einartysken, Sweden: Saker Vineyard, Germany; Dissident Voice; Ta Kung Pao; Uruknet; Voice of Detroit; Mathaba; Ethiopian Review; Palestine Chronicle; India Times; MalaysiaSun; China Daily; South China Morning Post; Come Home America; CubaNews; TurkishNews; HistoryNews Network; Vermont Citizen News have published his articles; 300 of which are available at: http://www.opednews.com/author/author1723.html ; 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 featuring a country by country history of US crimes and laws pertaining.