Rick Perlstein:

I’ll just come out and say it: the juxtaposition of MLK and BHO makes me supremely uncomfortable. King WANTED to piss people off. He was glad to be non-accommodationist. Yes, once he planted his flag for a goal–say open housing in Chicago–he certainly participated in the normal give and take of politics. But his next move, always, was to articulate radical dissatisfaction with that accommodation, and figure out a way to radically challenge people some more. Chicago was his greatest (and first real) disappointment. It was immediately followed by his most radical act: calling America the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. When that resulted in his ostracization from Establishment circles, his next move was…to organize to flood the capital for a general strike of the poor, “to come to Washington, sit down if necessary in the middle of the street, and say, ‘We are here; we are poor; we don’t have any money; you have made us this way; you keep us down this way; and we’ve come to stay unless you do something about it,'” because “the lives, the incomes, the well-being, of poor people everywhere in America are plundered by our economic system.”

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