By Chakamwe Chakamwe
WHEN the great black American freedom fighter Malcom X was assassinated by a hired racist killer, the United States racist establishment’s propaganda machine said that that iconic black freedom fighter deserved to be murdered because as far as they were concerned, Malcom X had preached violence and was himself a violent person.
The impression the racists gave was that, as long as blacks preached peace and non-violence, the white government would embrace them as civilised fellow citizens who deserved to be left alone fighting for equality peacefully.
However, if they preached violence, they deserved to be killed.
But our look at the life and times of one of the most well known United States black freedom fighters lays bare the hypocrisy and double standards of racists regarding violence and non-violence.
Yes, Dr Martin Luther King’s sermons which advocated peace will show us that what then happened to him in the end demonstrates that as far as white racists are concerned, as long as blacks demand justice and equality with whites wherever they are, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe etc, they are terrorists who must be eliminated.
Martin Luther King Jr was born on January 15 1929 in Altanta, Georgia.
He was the son, grandson and great-grandson of Baptist ministers.
In short, Dr King was a man of God.
In 1955, he was the pastor of a Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama, when a woman named Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger as the local segregation law then required.
“Civil rights activists in Montgomery organised a boycott of buses by blacks and selected King as their leader.”
The above incident threw Dr Martin Luther King at the front line of the black people’s struggle for freedom and emancipation.
From then on, Dr King took the United States racist beast head on, until his death on April 1968 in Memphis Tennessee!
But how did he go about fighting black oppression.
Below we give some highlights on his views on violence and non-violence in fighting racism.
“Oppressed people in dealing with oppression sometimes resort to violence…
“Violence often brings about momentary results.
“But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.
“It solves no social problem, it merely creates new and more complicated ones.
“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral.
“It is a descending spiral ending in destruction of all.
“The old Law of an eye for eye leaves everybody blind”.
There is therefore no question about it.
Dr Martin Luther King was a very peaceful man who passionately preached against the use of violence in fighting black oppression.
Now what method did he encourage black people to use to fight white racism?
Dr King told black people that, “The way open to oppressed people (blacks in his case) in their quest for freedom is the way of non violent resistance.
“The non violent resister says that one should not be physically aggressive towards his opponent but he balances the equation by agreeing with the person of violence that evil must be resisted.
“With non-violent resistance, no individual or group need submit to any wrong nor need anyone to resort to violence in order to right a wrong.
“It seems to me this is the method that must guide the action of the Negro (blackman) in the present crisis in race relations.
“Through non-violent resistance, the Negro will be able to rise to the noble height of opposing the unjust system while loving the perpetrator of the system.
“The Negro must work passionately and unrelentingly for full stature as a citizen but he must not use inferior methods to gain it.”
Now here was the epitome of the ‘good Negro’, a man of peace who racist America should have embraced like a newly born baby.
A man who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
What more did the racists want?
Yes, Dr King preached non-violence and peace asking every black person to give the other cheek to the whiteman.
Wasn’t that enough?
No, it was not enough say the racists.
Because Dr King made the fatal error of preaching that blacks and whites should be treated equally.
And this made Dr King a very dangerous man as far as the racists were concerned and without hesitation and despite his preaching about non-violence they gunned him down in Memphis Tennesse.
As we have already pointed out, any black person who preaches equality between blacks and whites no matter how nicely he behaves towards them is considered a terrorist.
Let us not forget the sad story of our late African brother Muammar Gaddafi.
For some reason, at some point in his political career Muammar Gaddafi decided to become good friends with Western racist governments preaching peace to them. He wined and dined with them becoming the ‘good Negro’.
He even provided one of them, Sakorzy of France with campaign funds for his presidential race.
But while Gaddafi preached peace and friendship, he also preached good neighbourliness, equality and justice in the world.
That immediately made him an outright terrorist.
And without hesitation, they bombed his country and destroyed it including Gaddafi himself, the very same way they killed the peaceful Dr Martin Luther King Junior.
“Ukaona varoyi vechiracist vachikusekerera, vanoda kudya mwana wako.”
By Chakamwe Chakamwe