Martin Luther King hijacked by Corporate and Political Elites
From an interview with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor:
On October 16, President Obama will preside over the dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial on the Mall in Washington.
Through participating, The President will lend himself to the venal cabal of the corporate and political elites who have hijacked King’s image.
Obama mocks the fundamental values of Dr. Martin Luther King through his subservience to the war machine and Wall Street.
These political and corporate figures—many of whom donated significant sums to build the $120 million memorial (For example, General Motors, which gave $10 million, uses the memorial in a commercial for its vehicles)—seek to silence King’s demand for economic justice and an end to racism and militarism.
King’s vision is sadly and grotesquely deformed. To hear the voice of Martin Luther King, we will have to turn from the choreographed and corporate-sponsored dedication ceremony to heed the words of a handful of men and women who are as reviled by the power brokers, just as King was in his own life, and yet who battle to keep the flame of King’s message alive.
[Excerpt of Truthdig article by Chris Hedges]