Lest we forget, Martin Luther King, Jr. was coming under increasing attack during his last years because he had moved beyond voting rights to condemn the war and also to demand economic justice for those increasingly being left out of American prosperity.  The poverty/wealth split was beginning to emerge once again then with the costly expenses of the war diverting funds from people support programs.  As now, particularly minorities were being left out of the job market and educational opportunity.  Well off minority members would do well, but those left behind in our urban and rural ghettos would not receive equal opportunities.  White private schools were being set up in the South to allow escape from the publics which were in turn not given equal funding.  The North has always had the public school escape hatch for the well off who are disinclined to have their taxes increased to pay for the education of others’ children.  Anyone who claims the King heritage without fighting for economic justice is a fraud.  Listen in closely as some are playing that game to the hilt.  Ed Kent

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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