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President Obama misused legacy of Martin Luther King Jr at Memorial dedication in DC

October 16, 2011

This morning president Barack Obama dedicated the long-awaited Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.

President Obama misused the legacy of King and the dreams of millions of people, in a speech where he praised the legacy of King while as president he is doing exactly the opposite. The words of Obama did not match his actions.

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is a brave man who have inspired me – I learned of King since I was a kid growing up in South America- and he has inspirided millions in the w0rld. MLK is a hero not only for the U.S., but for the whole humanity.

President Obama and his family at the foot of the MLK Jr Memorial statue today. (Photo by Sarah Courtney/Fox News posted by Mark Knoller)

This might upset some of the readers, but this is my most honest opinion. I suspect that if Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive, he would be embarrassed and upset by the actions of presidente Obama as the first Black U.S. president.

The betrayal of Obama to the people who elected him -and to all the people in the world who saw him as a symbol of hope, peace, justice and true change- is a painful fact that many don’t want to accept yet, especially African Americans who still judge the president by the color of his skin.

From what I saw and heard today, it was a hypocritical ceremony. The fact that the most pro-war president in recent U.S. history inaugurated the memorial dedicated to a fierce anti-war activist, would offend anyone who respects the legacy of King.

Today we witnessed how the U.S. mass media machine manipulated the great values shared by the people of this unique country. Black American heritage and the legacy of MLK Jr. are being misused by the White House.

Here are some of the words that president Obama said today:

For this day, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s return to the National Mall.  In this place, he will stand for all time, among monuments to those who fathered this nation and those who defended it; a black preacher with no official rank or title who somehow gave voice to our deepest dreams and our most lasting ideals, a man who stirred our conscience and thereby helped make our union more perfect.

The monument itself is far from being a symbolic piece for American heritage especially for Black Americans. It was made in China by a Chinese sculptor with Chinese granite. China was one of the few nations in the world to castrate African slaves so they won’t mix with the locals. I’m not saying that Blacks should reject anything Chinese, but the material chosen -very White stone- is just wrong in every sense.

The MLK Memorial is surrounded by memorials dedicated to mostly White men who slaved Natives and African peoples, and of monuments dedicated to unnecessary cruel wars. The Korean and Vietnam wars are shameful pages of human history, where imperialism caused the killing of millions. Not much has changed since then, and today we have wars conducted by a Nobel Peace prize in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and soon Uganda-Congo and possibly Syria.

[…] And finally, there are the multitudes of men and women whose names never appear in the history books –- those who marched and those who sang, those who sat in and those who stood firm, those who organized and those who mobilized –- all those men and women who through countless acts of quiet heroism helped bring about changes few thought were even possible.

A few miles away from the MLK Memorial, the people of the U.S. have taken two main public squares of the city, as they desperately protest the current system of abuse, privilege and injustice promoted by the White House and Congress –both controlled by the corrupted elites and their abusive private corporations.

Many people in this country are living difficult times as capitalism faces its deepest crisis ever, but Barack Obama who has appointed only Wall Street employees to his economic team, has ignored the protesters’ demands but somehow referred to them as “the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there”.

It is right that we honor that march, that we lift up Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech –- for without that shining moment, without Dr. King’s glorious words, we might not have had the courage to come as far as we have.  […]

The most significant discourse by MLK today is not only the “I Have a Dream” speech –which is exploited by the U.S. government to ignore the anti-war and anti-poverty activism done by King before he was killed. This speech was ignored by Obama who is conducting 3 illegal wars. This is why Doctor King was assassinated:

President Obama went on to say:

Look at the faces here around you, and you see an America that is more fair and more free and more just than the one Dr. King addressed that day.

Not true. U.S. citizens make today one quarter of the world’s prison population, there is so much inequality in this country today where the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer, violence and lack of opportunities still affect non-European communities and racism is as strong today as in the 1960’s. Just look at what is happening in Alabama and Arizon.

We live in times where civil rights and basic freedoms are attacked by a paranoid U.S. government which spend billions on controlling its population by spying on phone calls, emails, trips, finances and any private data. The people of the U.S. is today controlled and repressed by the Prison and Armament industries, while illegal U.S. drug cartels keep making good business, and being non-White in this country is still a disadvantage.

Today, Black families are torn apart by the mass incarceration of Black men -causing a 72% single mothers rate. Labor abuses and slavery occurs in this country as well as the exploitation of undocumented workers as cheap labor –we are even blamed for the U.S. deficit. Meanwhile the unemployment rate grows to levels never seeing in U.S. history before.

 He tells us that we have a duty to fight against poverty, even if we are well off; to care about the child in the decrepit school even if our own children are doing fine; to show compassion toward the immigrant family, with the knowledge that most of us are only a few generations removed from similar hardships.

This is the same president who have incarcerated and deported over 1 million undocumented immigrants, most of them indigenous peoples of the Americas, separating families and traumatizing children for the rest of their lives. How can a man be so shameless?

I will continue this post later.  As I deal with the harshness of being an undocumented immigrant myself, I have to find ways to make a living somehow — while trying not to let fear and the uncertainty of a safe future defeat my soul. It is hard.

Those of you who read this might be asking yourselves “Why is this illegal disrespecting my president? If you don’t love it, leave it…” I’ve heard it all before. But I do love this country and I wish one day I would call it my own. It is painful for me to see it falling into uncertainty and sadness.

Instead, I want you to think about today and these crucial moments faced by this country, this is a crucial time for the world and humanity.

To Black Americans, I don’t intend to disrespect your values nor ignore the meaning of having an African American president inaugurating the MLK Memorial. But let this be a lesson to be learned by all of us who have faced racism in some way in our lives: the ethnic heritage of Barack Obama does not define what type of human being he is.

The current system of corruption, abuse, wars, injustice, racism, xenophobia, inequality and mass manipulation that is ruling the United States is not what Martin Luther King Jr. fought for, the country we see today is not what Dr. King gave his own life for. Not at all.

My landlord, a 65 years old Black man who has worked over 35 years as a public schools worker, has to work cleaning offices in order to survive these difficult times. Otherwise he would lose his home to the abusive bank that is taking most of his salary.

Dr. King was a man of flesh and blood and not a figure of stone that he inspires us so.  His life, his story, tells us that change can come if you don’t give up.  He would not give up, no matter how long it took […] And that is why we honor this man –- because he had faith in us.

I wish president Barack Obama were the honest man we all thought he was. I’m not interested on his previously-written-by-someone-else speeches. Excuse me but I have lost faith on Obama, a man who has betrayed the legacy of MLK, someone who is working for the selfish rich and the corrupted mafias of this country.

Obama is not the one who will change this nation for the best, and I dislike him using the legacy of MLK today in order to continue manipulating and distracting the people of the United States from what is happening to this country.

You can listen to this well prepared speech:

I suggest you also listen to this spontaneous, honest, heart-felt speech:


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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    October 22, 2011 2:56 am

    I never said that you shouldn’t have an opinion, stop lying and changing my words. I’m just sick and tired of people like you with so much venom inside, no matter how much you want to deny it. Every time I read your comments I only see jealousy, envy, hate, vulgarity, revenge. Instead of trying to manipulate people with your fake “fight for the poor and oppressed”, do something positive with your life, like legalize your status here. You are no hero.

  2. John permalink
    October 19, 2011 4:36 pm

    Carlos, I was criticizing the person who attacked your grammar. I wasn’t criticizing you.

  3. John permalink
    October 19, 2011 4:35 pm

    You’re right about the U.N.! Korea was an act of naked aggression that was kept in check. The imperialism and world domination you mention were goals of the communists in that case. Sure, the south Korean regime was corrupt, but to allow the North (with Chinese backing) to control the whole penninsula would have been a huge problem, possibly leading to an invasion of Japan and a more aggressive communist posture in central Europe. I agree that the UN is crap, but I tent to be a pragmatist about a lot of historical events.

  4. CarlosQC permalink*
    October 19, 2011 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the corrections and for commenting. Most of my post have grammatical mistakes, which is okay. I am still learning English. Now, can you imagine the Chinese building a memorial for Mao with granite from the Appalachian mountains? I wonder what the deal was behind this MLK Memorial, anyways it’s Washington, DC, a city built on secrecy and corruption anyways.

  5. CarlosQC permalink*
    October 19, 2011 3:43 pm

    When has the U.N. done a good thing for humanity? Look at Haiti! Please mention one single war the U.S. created that has promoted peace and justice in the world since World War II. The people of Korea has been painfully divided by two destructive nations, in the name of imperialism and world domination.

  6. CarlosQC permalink*
    October 19, 2011 3:37 pm

    Maybe you need to read my post again, you portray Barack Obama as a regular man who is doing just another bureaucratic job. Actually, he represents this government, he is the leader and the face of this nation and that is why I criticize him, otherwise I would not care what he does in his life probably. This is what I wrote and summarizes this post in a way:

    I dislike him using the legacy of MLK today in order to continue manipulating and distracting the people of the United States from what is happening to this country.

    Think about it, what is happening to this country? Especially to Black Americans:

  7. October 19, 2011 3:33 pm

    How can you have respect for war criminals? Is not hatred when you denounce injustice, but it is hatred when you incarcerate parents and children, when you bomb civilians to take their natural resources.

    It is not hatred, I am outraged. I am protesting the current leadership of the U.S. government, which is not the same as the people of the U.S. I do this because I feel the need to express my mind. Excuse me, I had no idea that only immigrants who shut up their mouths are allowed to stay here.

  8. Anonymous permalink
    October 17, 2011 1:13 pm

    Just another comment filled with hatred…if you despise this country and the President so much why are you still here?…never mind, you will never learn to respect.

  9. Myrtle permalink
    October 17, 2011 6:54 am

    I understand the points you make about the level of racism and disadvantage in the US (and other European countries) toward black people but I think it is grossly unfair to put so much responsiblity for solving the ‘world’s problems’ on one man’s shoulder, namely Obama. He is not president in isolation. There is a body of other politicians in the mix eg the senate etc plus the wider world and anyone who thought he could just become president and totally fullful all the ideals he held dear is very naive in deed! He is just a man, black second! It is very easy for all of us not in a position of power to say what we would do in his position but if we were in his position it would not be achievable and we would have to do things which might go against some of our own dearly held beliefs. A lot of people had too high hopes for Obama when he became the first black president which I think was understandable but very naive. As I said he is just a man like any of the other presidents who have gone before him not God!

    His MLK speech was good, he is a good orator. It doesn’t not make him a dishonest man! That’s unfair. Discrimination against black people cannot be solved overnight or by the election of a black president and even in our lifetime things have changed greatly and should be acknowledged. As MLK said – .”He had a dream” It might take a thousand years to achieve but that dream is still being achieved today, albeit with the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice and inequalities still taking place today.

  10. John permalink
    October 16, 2011 9:52 pm

    It was a good post with only a few minor grammatical mistakes. Your response, however, is full of mistakes. Here are some corrections. CHINESE, not CHINNESE. IT’S instead of ITS. REFLECTION, not RELEXION. GRAMMATICAL, not GRAMATICAL. Also, your sentence structure is way off. Look, we all make mistakes typing quickly on blogs, so let’s not rub it in.

  11. John permalink
    October 16, 2011 6:41 pm

    I can appreciate your view of the Vietnam War as being shameful. But Korea? That was an international response to a premeditated Communist invasion of South Korea. In fact, it was a UN-backed operation (with the US providing the bulk of the fighting forces, and the casualties).

  12. Anonymous permalink
    October 16, 2011 4:23 pm

    Buen comentario Carlos, however a few comments. The second paragraph on the Chinnese i think its irrelevant. Apart from that good reflexion, only one think there are several gramatical mistakes with you english. One says the rich ARE getting richer, not IS. And president its spelled without the E. Just a few comments, because loved the blog but grammatical mistakes like this make your whole image of a person with deep knowledge just go down. Best of Lucks

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