Bill—type legislation to address those ongoing inequities: Few people consider the fact that in addition to being enslaved for two centu- ries, the Negro was, during all three hundred years robbed of the wages of his toil. No amount of gold could provide an adequate compensation for the ex- ploitation and humiliation of the Negro in America down through the centuries. Not all the wealth of this aluent society could meet the bill. Yet a price can be placed on unpaid wages.
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King , 2. King also delivered many sermons touching on his concern with economics. His topics included comparisons of Communism and its incompatibility with Christiani- ty, and how the materialism of the United States outpaces its ability to pay consumers enough to consume items and the immorality of greed. Philip Ran- dolph ensured King was always well-prepared for his speeches to labor unions Jackson , An admirer of the social gospel crusader Walter Rauschenbusch, King understood the role the church could play in organizing labor in New York Ibid.
But he also under- stood the value of organizing directly. Both the church and labor could employ economic boycotts and non-violent protest to pursue social and economic victories.
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We are confronted by powerful forces telling us to rely on the good will and understanding of those who proit by exploiting us. King, Testament, , Furthermore, King underscored the shared values of the labor movement and the civil rights movement by unmasking their common foes: A duality of interest of labor and the Negroes makes any crisis which lacerates you a crisis from which we bleed…. Whether it be the ultra-right wing in the form of Birch societies or the alliance which former President Eisenhower de- nounced, the alliance between big military and big industry, or the coalition of Southern Dixiecrats and Northern reactionaries, whatever the form, these menaces now threaten everything decent and fair in American life.
King knit together the triple evils of militarism, racism, and economic exploitation, and saw the equivalence between racist tactics to exploit African Americans and anti-la- bor tactics to exploit white laborers: both resulted in inancial gains exclusively for the wealthy and privileged. In his speech before the United Packinghouse Workers Union in , King chal- lenged innovators to ind a moral, digniied alternative for American workers being dis- placed by technology: As machines replace men, we must again question whether the depth of our social thinking matches the growth of technological creativity.
We cannot create machines which revolutionize industry unless we simultaneously create ideas commensurate with social and economic reorganization which harness the power of such machine for the beneit of man. Industry was relying more and more on technology and less and less on human labor.
King knew that the dignity of those subsequently idled had to be preserved or many would wind up in jail or become addicted to drugs and alcohol: he economists have prophesized of the tragic efects of automation and cyber- nation: educators warned of the lapses in our system of education, but no mem- ber or groups within the power centers of our society are prepared to face the drastic reforms which will be necessary to deal with these situations. Absent it, he showed blacks and labor the power of economic withdrawal.
And King diferentiated between desegregation and integra- tion. Desegregation was the removal of legal of barriers to inclusion. Integration was based on agape love, enabling people of all races to work together, shop together, live together, and invests together because they see themselves as woven together in a single garment of mutuality.
He understood the need for every in- dividual to be able to participate in the marketplace regardless of their race, religion, nationality or their social class membership. He embraced the poor, the rich, the black, the red, the white and the yellow people. As Andrew Young has noted, King understood that having capitalism without ac- cess to capital for everyone was as meaningless as having a democracy without everyone having the right to vote A. Young King did want a global economy and talk- ed oten of how interconnected each individual on the planet were. However, King was against the exploitation of one group of people for the beneit of a few people.
King knew that government policy must be equally intentional in cultivating an economy to embrace all the people as it had been in sustaining inequality. King envisioned democracies around the globe possessing love, power and justice working together to correct economic injustices.
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Hegemonic national identity drives a continuous militant foreign policy, including the regular resort to war. Hixson he average American does not actively pursue this hegemonic, aggressive point of view, but it is ingrained into American national identity. Average Americans want what is best Erin R.
Her research focuses on developing an comprehensive study of international cultural historiography during the Vietnam War era. What was unique about the Vietnam War, however, was the historically signiicant amount of Americans — over half the population — who opposed it Carroll. I explore new scholarship and personal narratives, as well as the music and art of the era, to map the intersections be- tween the civil rights movement, anti-war efort and Puerto Rican independence agenda on the mainland and in Puerto Rico.
Martin Luther King Jr. McCoy with which he had been ailiated, and the Black Panthers, to name a few. He asserts that Latin Americans, despite their large contribution to many U. Tensions between the Latin American community and the United States government have unfortunately been a predictable object of consternation in U. Many Puerto Rican soldiers returned to the U.
Congress, however, advised the organizers that they would not recognize the plebiscite as legally binding. Consequently, the pro-independence supporters lobbied the public to boycott the process. An additional cause for alarm at that time was the fact that Puerto Ricans, [denied] voting rights in U. McCoy land Puerto Ricans. Dissatisied with their situation, young Puerto Ricans on both the island and mainland began to revolt during the Vietnam War era.
Even though Puerto Ricans sent their children to ight the war in Vietnam, they continued to ight a war against inequality on their own streets. In the s, FALN became known for guerrilla ighting tactics, such as bombing government areas and then public- ly taking responsibility for them in order to bring awareness to the movement for Puerto Rican independence. Instead, the Young Lords focused on community projects, mostly in a non-violent, civic-minded way. He is a patriot in that he has unfailingly fought for freedom, but speciically the freedom of Puerto Rico.
Ater condemning the U. McCoy ning with U. One could ind a compatriot in their living room, even if it was just a blurred televised image.
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Citizens of the United States were forced to reconcile their own views against the vio- lence on screen. For those ighting in the war, especially soldiers of marginalized cultural backgrounds, the inequalities and injustices they may have passively noticed at home became magniied during the war, and, for many, more ampliied upon their return from service. But the activist spirit endures, though much of that activism manifests itself within the mainstream; many former Young Lords now hold positions in government and media Lee. Puerto Rican songwriter and political activist Brown was writing material for his album Yo Protesto!
His early memories relect on an acute awareness of American racial inequality. Yo Protesto!