Saturday, January 17, 2009

What Would King Think?

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. It must be demanded by the oppressed” –MLK.

What Would He Think?

In mid-January every year, the most common question asked on talk shows is, “What would Dr. King think if he were alive today?” This year, the answer is often, “He would condemn the Israeli attacks against civilians in Gaza!”

North Texas Palestinians made the point clear in the largest of the Martin Luther King Jr celebrations during the Dallas march/parade on January 17. Several Muslim groups, including Dallas Masjid Al-islam and the Committee on Arab-Israeli Relations, joined together to form one of the larger marching contingents in the event.

The 2009 parade was one of the most diverse groups in Dallas civil rights history. The Jobs with Justice contingent included church, community, student, and union activists. Especially impressive was the group of sanitation workers from Teamsters Local 767, fresh from a major victory over Allied Waste company. They reminded the thousands of onlookers that Dr. King was working on a similar union fight in Memphis when he was murdered.
--Jim Lane

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