King 2.0 and the Management of Dissent

By: Russell Rickford,  Counter Punch
February 3, 2017

Russell Rickford, associate professor of history and Africana field member, reflects on - and challenges - the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The King you know never existed. He is a fraud. An imposter.

This King was manufactured. He was designed to validate and preserve the status quo. To mislead and pacify. He is a device. An ornament. An instrument. An abstraction.

He is an assassin. The King you know was sent from the future to slay his namesake, the living and breathing MLK. To bury his meaning. To decontextualize the movement that produced him. To smother the democracy for which he fought.

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Russell Rickford