Celebrating Dr. King with the Departure of Barack Obama


Counterpunch as the article Celebrating Dr. King with the Departure of Barack Obama by Ajamu Baraka.

It is not too late, even with the election of Donald Trump, but it will take courage and clear thinking in order to shake ourselves free from the strange, hypnotic trance that has gripped liberals and progressives of all stripes. Dr. King pointed us in the right direction just before he was assassinated when he reminded us that we were living in revolutionary times. King argued that the U.S. needed to get on the right side of the world revolution and that required a revolution of values in U.S. society. With the U.S. gripped in an unsolvable capitalist economic crisis that has deepened poverty, exacerbated racism and xenophobia, intensified class contradictions and struggle, and produced a Donald Trump, the liberated knowledge and experience of the black liberation movement in the U.S. is actively creating new ways of living and seeing the world that will liberate all of us.

This is the reality of a new world that Dr. King could see from the mountaintop – and that is a world that a visionless, opportunist technocrat like Obama and a moribund liberalism could never imagine.

Wow, what a powerful statement this article is. In his own book, Barack Obama stated that he decided to go to Harvard University to learn where the levers of power were. I guess he learned his lessons well, and he worked those levers of power mercilessly.

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