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De-Militarizing the United States

More than a half-century ago, exactly one year before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. brilliantly identified the keys to the American political...

At the Riverside Church in New York City, King linked the militarism of the Vietnam War; the racism of American society; and the inequality and…

  • Melvin A. Goodman
  • CounterPunch

The central civil rights leaders of the time, including Ralph Bunch, asked King to radically alter the speech and to dissociate racism from the Vietnam War.

The central newspapers of the time, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, maligned the speech, terming it an “oversimplification” that…

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