unfortunately, the world has thrust so many articles of terrorism, fear, and corruption into our lives – very few darkened instances shock me. it is even more rare that they fuel my aggression in such a way, that poetry alone just will not do. very few instances spark a rapid string of rage infused opinions and statements. upon looking for subjects used for poetry inspiration on twitter, i stumble across a post by #anonymous regarding the fbi’s invasion into martin luther king jr’s personal and private life and hoover’s obsession with burying MLK and everything he stood for.
MLK is most commonly known for his honest and beautifully influencial speech; “I have a dream.” But he is more than just this speech. He is a man who stood for more than just himself, he is someone who fought for the people – not his people – but for people, to all stand with one another, in equality, instead of against one another, in difference. He pursued these civil rights without coercion and without violence. He leveled with people in truth and a strong belief that has influenced and changed lives.
this clip is something i don’t feel the need to reword, as it should be worded as is.
“In an effort to prove he was under Communist influence, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover spent significant resources monitoring King’s movements and eavesdropping on his communications. Attorney General Robert Kennedy gave consent, allowing the organization to break into King’s office and home installing phone taps and bugs to track the leader’s movements and conversations as well as those of his associates. Although the recordings did not reveal any association with the Communist Party, they did reveal extensive details about his extramarital affairs.
After learning King would be the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, Hoover took his fanatical obsession with obliterating King to the next level. Agents sent the reverend an anonymous note, chastising him for his affairs and implying that he should commit suicide.”
“One FBI memo refers to King as ‘the most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country.'”
after reading the letter sent to MLK, my blood simply boiled. i do not see a correlation between his personal and private life, and his sexual preferences – with his acts and words that changed a nation. and this is because there is no correlation between the two. MLK was feared for the impact he would have on people – the ability to influence people to stand up for and fight for what they believed in, to have their own opinions and to speak them – not silence their individual voices in fear. this makes the government believe they are losing the reins over their people – their losing their own ability to govern by control and who they can’t control, they silence.
i am in no way a political nor a religious person and I have an enormous amount of respect and love for our military, our troops, some law enforcement and government officials as I have seen the good many can and will do – as I have seen many not take advantage of the power but instead take advantage of having the opportunity to create a positive change in this world – but i will state that this letter is the most savage and dispicable thing i have ever read. MLK was deemed a fraud because of his private sexual acts? give me a break. how dare anyone think they can belittle what this man did for the world because of what he did in the privacy of his own home- he wasn’t killing people, he was having sex which is no one’s business. what right does anyone have to know such personal details about anyone. why because it was the only thing that could be used as blackmail. such hatred and people wonder why the world contains such despicable people. the letter states “You could not believe in God and act as you do.” WELL, neither could the author of this letter to penetrate this man’s privacy with no right, other than a false allegation that he was a communist because they needed a reason to make this invasion acceptable, and act/write with such hatred and disrespect about a person who was trying to make this world better. the author of this letter could not believe in God nor have a good bone in his/their body to judge a man and bully him and believe they could act as the grim reaper and hold death over his life when he deserved to live because he made life better. it is not anyone’s right to judge a person’s personal life and then dictate what he is and what he’s not, what he can do and what he cannot. circumstance, background, experience may influence but it does not make a person who they are. the actions of MLK versus the actions of this government – trying to influence a man to take his own life so they can maintain control portray the savages that run around wearing their suits of power, wealth, and greed, hiding behind grenades and drones, so they can erase their fingerprints and wipe the blood on someone else’s hands. to simply say fuck you, would be a kindness and you deserve none of my mercy. i pray this world delivers more men and women with the strength and courage to stand up for all people, to see beauty where others see difference, to fight for equality against people with efforts of persuasion. there should be more people like MLK who rise above and have the heart to try and change this world for the better, who do not succumb to fear, threats, or manipulation. changing this world cost him his life but the effect he had on it lives on and they were right about one thing.. Martin Luther King Jr is one of the most effective leaders this nation has ever seen – if the government deems a man such as him as a threat then I do not wonder why the true threats are still penetrating the United States of America and that is truly a waste of resources.
– Allison Ryder