‘Honor Dr. King’s revolutionary vision’

Video message from the Socialist Unity Party for the COVID-safe car caravan protest in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his work and legacy, on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles.

Two weeks before he was assassinated, Dr. King told us, “If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of god’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell.”

Today we are living that hell. The conditions for Black Americans are as dire as they ever were, and the white supremacists that rule our nation are thriving.

Today, as we gather in the name of Dr. King, let us honor him for all of his revolutionary vision, that is all too often stripped of him by our white supremacist overlords, who have rewritten and sullied our history.

Let us never forget that Dr. King fought for socialist economics, guaranteed income, and an end to imperialism and war. His bold opposition to the war in Vietnam and calls for economic equality are surely what ended his life.

As we gather, know that the real threat has nothing to do with whether you march peacefully, break windows, stay on the sidewalk or storm a capitol building. It has to do with your principles and what you represent.

You represent an end to the racist, imperialist agenda. You represent a new future, in which they cannot destroy and plunder the earth and our communities with no consequences.

As Biden and Harris gear up to pass more terrorism laws that will do nothing but terrorize Black and Brown communities, and funnel more money to the police who murder us, remember this system is not made for us. Biden too is a relic of the racist institution that is the United States.

King warned us that their political system cannot serve us: “You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of the slums.

“You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folks then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism.”

SLL photo: Scott Scheffer