The speech the corporate media ignores, King’s antiwar speech, the speech some, closest to him, have surmised led to his assassination, for a number of his closest associates have believed that he was indeed assassinated by and from forces from within the government; how then would his strong and bold antiwar stance be received today? Would King be marginalized today; would he be harshly criticized today for his antiwar stance, which would as surely be applied to war today as it was applied to war then; would his greatness be recognized or marginalized today?
King spoke of our status in the evolution of mankind stating, “It is no longer a choice between nonviolence and violence, it is a choice between nonviolence and nonexistence; that is where we are today!” Even more clearly, these words rings now, just a few decades later, such a short time in the span of man’s existence; today, a day set aside to honor his life, should forever be a day to honor nonviolence, for nonviolence and nonviolent action were the sum of his life and of his faith.
Time Magazine on King’s Antiwar Speech:
“Demagogic slander that sounded like Radio Hanoi!”
The Washington Post on King’s Antiwar Speech:
“[King] diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, and his people.”
Watch Democracy Now on King’s Antiwar Stance: