Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. thought that America had a schizophrenic personality and informed us that this country was weakened in its integrity, and confused and confounded in its direction.
True power is ECONOMIC POWER!
Although we’re all familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, there is much more to be discussed about the civil rights leader. King led the fight for the Civil Rights Movement from 1955-1968 and encouraged the world to learn to accept each other and to co-exist peacefully, but along the way he discovered that he may have bit off more than he could chew with fighting for integration and acceptance from Whites. According to Harry Belafonte, the last conversation that he had with Dr. King was about how much he regretted fighting only for integration.
I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply. We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know we will win. But I have come to believe that we are integrating into a burning house. I’m afraid that America has lost the moral vision she may have had. And I’m afraid that even as we integrate, we are walking into a place that does not understand that this nation needs to be deeply concerned with the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Until we commit ourselves to ensuring that the underclass is given justice and opportunity, we will continue to perpetuate the anger and violence that tears the soul of this nation. I fear I am integrating my people into a burning house.”
Dr. King realized that although the fight for integration would be victorious, there would be a larger battle for his community–a battle of economic rights. The Baptist minister then began to move forward in a different direction and aimed to use his platform to spread Black consciousness and Black economics. He expressed that the Black community had to demand to be afforded equal economic opportunities and abandon the concept of just wanting to be accepted. Economic freedom is our power and the civil rights activist began to address this truth openly before the government decided to assassinate him and silence his platform forever.