By Eric D. Graham, Staff Columnist
NORTH CAROLINA — As the corporate media continues to dumb us down, educationally and politically, as a student of Baba Dick Gregory and Steve Cokley, I have learned how to maneuver through their twisted labyrinth of lies. Therefore, in discussing the legacy of Dr. King today, always remember the political climate and historical backdrop, which defined the moment.
If you are unaware of the twisted turbulent timeline, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chris Hedges brilliantly paints a “beautiful yet ugly image”, when he wrote: “small, secret surveillance committee of goons and thugs hiding behind the mask of patriotism was established in 1908 in Washington, D.C. The group was led from 1924 until 1972 by J. Edgar Hoover, and during his reign, it became known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
“FBI agents spied upon and infiltrated labor unions, political parties, radical groups — especially those led by African-Americans — anti-war groups and the civil rights movement in order to discredit anyone, including politicians such as Henry Wallace, who questioned the power of the state and big business. Agents burglarized homes and offices, illegally opened the mail and planted unlawful wiretaps. Bureau leaders created blacklists. They destroyed careers and sometimes lives. They demanded loyalty oaths. By the time they were done, our progressive and radical movements, which had given us the middle class and opened up our political system, were dead.”
After pondering this political reality, I encourage all of those, who are lovers of King to read two remarkable books entitled An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King Jr. and The Plot to Kill: The Truth Behind the Assassination of MLK Jr’s written by Dr. William Peppers, Esq,, who was James Earl Ray’s defense attorney as well as the King family’s attorney that won the 1999 civil lawsuit, which proved “without a shadow of a doubt” that government agencies, were involved in the assassination of King at hands of the FBI, CIA, the US Military, the Memphis police department and the local Dixie Mafia Group.
I tried to bring out “a little bit” of this “hidden history” during my short yet impactful presentation (I Have a Dream: In the Age of Donald Trump) last year at the 17th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration in Kenansville, North Carolina, which offended some people and upset a few loyal Trump supporters, who had become accustomed to having a Kumbaya moment, while holding hands and reciting the “I Have Dream Speech” and singing “We Shall Overcome.”
Despite the backlash that I received from trying to reveal Trump’s racial rhetoric, white supremacist views, and Alt-right political ties, which fueled his 2016 political campaign to the Duplin County Event Center in September, as well as highlighting King’s Anti-War stance in Vietnam, his Poor Man’s Campaign along with his “newly” radical evolving philosophy that had him prepared to give the sermon entitled “Why America May Go to Hell” before his death.
How ironic, it is, to find out, that one year later, despite my critics, Trump is proving himself to be what I said he would be. And, America, as King had prophesied in 1968, but unable to deliver, due to being assassinated, seems as if it is heading to Hell.
Especially, with the latest threats of nuclear war with North Korea, which left the US island of Hawaii in fear for their lives last week during a false missile attack.
Plus, we can’t forget Trump’s alleged “sh#$hole” comments, which referred to Haiti and African nations during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House that occurred right before the MLK Celebration.
While Trump’s comments were shocking, Dr. William Pepper’s research and detective work in the book The Plot To Kill is mind-boggling.
Why? Because, according to Pepper, it was actually a Memphis Police Officer, which pulled the trigger that fatally struck King on the side of the head, while he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. But, King, oddly didn’t die as a result of a gun-shot wound. He allegedly died in the emergency room at the hands of the Chief Surgeon at St.Joesph’s Hospital.
Man, the Devil is in the Details. So, if you read Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury. You MUST READ Dr. William Pepper’s The Plot to Kill: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in order to learn how “your” government really works.