The Dr. King we don’t like

As we approach MLK Day this year, some quotes we, as whites, would rather not highlight from Martin Luther King:

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

A Time to Break the Silence: April 4, 1967

The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and racism. The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power. – King to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) board on March 30, 1967.


“…the price that America must pay for the continued oppression of the Negro and other minority groups is the price of its own destruction.”

—The American Dream: July 4, 1965

Learn about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on MLK Day in Milwaukee

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