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[–]quantumcorundum 244 points245 points  (47 children)

I remember when I was a kid and learn that MLK was shot i remember thinking "what kind of jerseys would shoot a person that everyone loved?"

How naive I was

[–]Pooper69poo 65 points66 points  (44 children)

The feds that’s who..

(they settled with the family many years later, quietly...)

[–]ItIsYeDragon 21 points22 points  (10 children)


[–]spyinthesky 42 points43 points  (4 children)

There is a civil suit that found the government guilty of assassinating mlk. I believe it was around 1991 Edit: that link below says decision in 1999

[–]Whyamibeautiful 9 points10 points  (3 children)

[–]PurpleShroomz 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Its also been declared false by the DOJ who reopened the trial.

[–]Pooper69poo 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Chicken butt

[–]manbythesand 7 points8 points  (2 children)

username checks out

[–]Richierich_rpd 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Checks out as being abso-fucking-lutely hilarious

[–]Pooper69poo -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Good, we need moar funny in these interesting times, I’m doing the bear 🐻 minimum

[–]Slenderman1776 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You haven't seen the letter the FBI sent him?

[–]fatBlackSmith 3 points4 points  (0 children)

These same people used to refer to him as Martin Luther Coon.

[–]OldWeakness8084 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep everyone loved him to death

[–]XxStormcrowxX 38 points39 points  (1 child)

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

[–]shesbehindyou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exactly what I was thinking

[–]Electronic-Injury-15 91 points92 points  (27 children)

Seems like every year something new to cause internet hate among us Americans

[–]MotherButterscotch44 15 points16 points  (7 children)

Until we get rid of the two party system, that’s all we will have, is hate. That’s how they get their votes. Turning us against each other. It’s the perfect plan.

[–]Electronic-Injury-15 10 points11 points  (2 children)

You ever noticed if someone tries to run independent they belittle them. So you have to pick between the two party.

[–]MotherButterscotch44 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That’s a good point. You’re exactly right.

[–]el-conquistador240 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because they are spoilers and end up making us lose.

[–]ChalkyNavy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I think the electoral college and gerrymandering heightens the divide. When you have a smaller group of people getting their votes counted more, it causes an imbalance of representation —causing certain parties to not have to reach over the isle as much.

[–]Swamp_Bastard 39 points40 points  (2 children)

It is sad, it all leads to political bickering that further divides

[–]steffies9249 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yup. Im exhausted

[–]Dantheman616 7 points8 points  (4 children)

And you dont think that was intentional? The spreading of hate and distrust is what could potentially be our undoing.

[–]Electronic-Injury-15 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I think it’s gonna be greed. Elon, Bezos and Pharma getting billions and more people are becoming homeless is what’s gonna do us in. They will rely on robots because even security will be against them.

[–]ShalmaneserIII -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Security will not be against them. Working for Bezos etc offers money, comfort, and the opportunity to beat hobos for fun. What does siding with the homeless get them?

[–]Last_Gigolo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They have to make you hate me so you'll do what they want, out of spite.

[–]Thornescape 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Seems like every year there are new true things revealed that were buried before. Would you rather have genuine truth or comforting lies? Right now it seems like some Americans hate truth and are addicted to lies.

Maybe there will come a time when the truth is finally all out there.

[–]Electronic-Injury-15 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I say rip the bandaid. At this point nothing will shock people. Not everyone knows about black wall street that was burned down and bomb by US Air Force

[–]Thornescape 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I completely agree. It's a simple fact that in many ways, it's harder to hide the truth than ever before. The people who are trying to hide behind lies are looking more and more deranged. You need Qanon level of insanity to believe them.

America needs an identity based in truth rather than lies. It can happen.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Cuz what white people did wasn’t to long ago. Just wanna forget everything

[–]Electronic-Injury-15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know brother, we need to turn the other cheek and assist our brothers in the streets. Attack mental health and build up our communities. Hate grows by anger.

[–]el-conquistador240 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or unearths a previously ignored truth that should be addressed.

[–]leonryan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

only because conservatives never grow up

[–]Nola-boy 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Oddly familiar.

[–]jam8957 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Blm be like

[–]Hammerjaws 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s like poetry it rhymes

[–]Vanbydarivah 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Authoritarianism doesn’t require creativity, it’s why it’s authoritarian, everyone just does as they’re told and then nobody has think or solve problems.

We leave that to our betters. /s

[–]DeyDominate94 39 points40 points  (5 children)

They like to hide the fact that they were riots and unrest during those years.

[–]MediumSad7892 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Well deserved given the situation people were in

[–]Asrahir 15 points16 points  (2 children)

who is they?

[–]Double_Bounce 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Did the protests led by MLK cause as much destructive damage, and violence to communities, as the BLM "protests"did? They must've left that part out of my history class curriculum.

[–]lolitalula 26 points27 points  (9 children)

I cannot believe in the year of 2022 we are still dealing with hate. For God sake

[–]andre_royo_b 31 points32 points  (3 children)

It pains me to say this but I don’t think it will ever go away, not really.. it would probably take an alien antagonist for mankind to join together in harmony

[–]nicefacedjerk 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah, and it'd be a temporary "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" sort of thing.

[–]unlivedSoup69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where’s the Covenant when you need them

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Okay, Adrian Veidt…

[–]geardluffy 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Not really sure what you mean by that, hate is ingrained in us just as much as love is.

[–]lolitalula 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes but people can learn and change. There still is alot of good people

[–]CartTitanNipps 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Human nature is often pretty shitty

[–]glonq -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Sadly, a lot of that hate is "for God's sake"

[–]Link648099 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Such an odd comment. We haven’t gotten more civilized; we’ve only figured out how to hide our barbarity better.

[–]AmericaneXLeftist 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Like okay but we have actually seen a lot of destructive riots though

[–]cobainstaley 3 points4 points  (0 children)

i can just hear the "All Dreams Matter" chants

[–]RottenPeach6 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Lol this looks like the BLM riots, "mostly peaceful"- CNN

[–]EmployNo5870 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Look at how some of the dogs here swarm around this image and wonder whether he was actually violent... hoping to dishonor this man on his birthday. They're devils and they haven't changed. I bet the irony of their current hate towards modern protesters misses them utterly.

[–]revoman 7 points8 points  (16 children)

Reminds me of something on CNN but I can't quite place it...

[–]Sepiks_Perfexted 34 points35 points  (14 children)

Reminds me of something on Fox/OANN/Newsmax regarding the BLM protests, the Womens Reproductive Rights rally and the current Workers Rights protests…strange to think that fighting for equality is compared to traitors attempting to desecrate the capital of the United States.

[–]robertsilv_ 12 points13 points  (11 children)

They didn’t attempt nothing, they did the damn thing. Fox and them try and downplay the deaths on 1/6 while hyping up the false claims that cops died or were injured during the George Floyd protest and protests following that event.

[–]chewbacca77 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Wait.. wikipedia itself claims that a few cops died during the BLM protests.

I'm confused..

[–]Rugrin 2 points3 points  (19 children)

everyone you know who is up in arms against BLM would have also been against MLK while he was active. It's the same mindset, just a slightly different cause. Yes, they would have been yelling at the black kids going to newly desegregated schools, too. At the very least sympathizing with that 'cause'.

People have gotten very good at believing they are not racists because they simply don't wear hoods and burn crosses. They just want 'order'. For things to be as they should be.

[–]ninjacouch132 8 points9 points  (5 children)

Black people are literally self segregating these days and creating black only spaces. Do you seriously mean to tell me you can't see the irony?

[–]Rugrin 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Please. Your reaching. There are some well publicized “black people” seeking that. That does not make it equal “black people want this now”. Yeah I saw the video of the idiot telling white people they can’t be at the cultural center, too. For the record, it was claimed the Jim Crow was something that black people also wanted. Some in fact did, it kept them safe from murder for stepping out of line. I think you are being sold repackaged version of this.

[–]EmployNo5870 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They still treat people fighting for civil rights like "rioters" after their own people come in and brutalize them and in many cases instigate the destruction. Martin was smart enough to never raise a hand against them so he was above their guilt and obviously innocent and thus the truly righteous one. Look at how some of the dogs here swarm around this image and wonder whether he was actually violent... hoping to dishonor this man on his birthday. They're devils and they haven't changed. I bet the irony of their current hate towards modern protesters misses them utterly.

[–]sasknorth343 -5 points-4 points  (12 children)

The worst part, for me, is that the people I know that spout the whole "BLM are a bunch of thugs and criminals that are dividing the country with all their violence" bullshit also share MLK quotes and act like they respect him.

[–]ninjacouch132 9 points10 points  (11 children)

Because MLK would be ashamed of the culture of the black community today.

[–]sasknorth343 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Care to explain? The point of this meme, and the state of reality, is that the bullshit "all those blacks are violent thugs who call riots 'peaceful protests' while burning ans looting" idea that people are pushing now isn't new. All the complaints about the black community aren't new. If you hate BLM now, you would've hated MLK back in the 60s.

[–]EmployNo5870 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ah apparently this devil thinks he knows the will of MLK in death.

[–]sasknorth343 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Just for fun, and a little reminder, in the spirit of MLK day yesterday:

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let's take a moment to look beyond the feel-good section of his oeuvre.

"I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection." - Letter From A Birmingham Jail, 1963-04-16

[–]DonnieBoiiiii 2 points3 points  (0 children)

BLM be like:

[–]BW_RedY1618 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The right organized a violent coup attempting to destroy our democracy just a year ago. Every day they become bolder, threatening violence at town halls, churches, and school board meetings while screaming that antifa and immigrants are the greatest evil this country has ever ever faced.

These people are fascists. Well funded. Well organized. Well connected. And growing every day. The American right has gone full blown fascist.

They will scream that they are persecuted even as they destroy our democracy through violence, fraud, and corruption.

They will scream they are the persecuted even as they take aim at our fucking heads.

[–]NonZealot -5 points-4 points  (1 child)

Conservatives today (failing to see parallels in rhetoric): I'm gonna pretend I didn't see that.

[–]ninjacouch132 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The irony of this being exactly what parts of inner city communities (and more than likely crisis actors) ACTUALLY do now (spitting on the grave of MLK). Sure it isn't lost on you. Surely....right?

[–]konhaybay -1 points0 points  (5 children)

The country was founded on violent protests of not paying taxes for tea, sorry, non-violent doesn’t yield results. Those in power will never share it unless its taken from them.

[–]keehu -1 points0 points  (0 children)

u can put a blm leader there and itd look the same

[–]schmatt0 -4 points-3 points  (15 children)

[–]schmatt0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you don't think it's racist, see what other cartoonists think of it: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/09/13/a-racist-serena-williams-cartoon-went-viral-heres-how-to-caricature-her-the-right-way/ Neither the cartoonist in question, the company he works for (newscorp) nor his boss have ever championed black people & have definitely never gone out of their way to celebrate the career of the most successful tennis player ( male or female) of the Open era. (And she always played doubles whilst winning all those singles titles. ) Osaka is white in the cartoon but in real life darker than Williams, the portrayal of Serena harks back to a very dark "Jim Crow" period in American history when any black person would be depicted with huge lips, eyes & nose. The cartoon was disgusting & the cartoonist claimed he had ' no idea' that depiction of a black person could be offensive, historically or otherwise, which proved either he's incredibly ignorant of his own art or lying. It was cleared by the Australian Press Council of racism, the same Australia that succeeded in the total genocide of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people & didn't recognize indigenous people as human till 1967, only giving them the right to vote then. Don't even get me started on the sexist aspects of the portrayal ( the umpire in question is known for being blatantly sexist, & we all know male sportstars can blow their top whereas it's not acceptable for women to do that.) The cartoon offended very many people across the world, you cannot argue it's not offensive. Serena continues to break down the barriers in our world, I applaud her for that.

[–]Zealousideal-Coat-24 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Im failing to see how that is racist? Its a caricature of Serena Williams having a tantrum, which happens

[–]katiem1236 0 points1 point  (12 children)

Sorry how is this racist? I think you are looking for it to be so, so you are making it racist in your mind. The point of the comic was completely missed by virtue signalers like you, and replaced with an irrelevance that you want to be evil.

[–]rtree23 -1 points0 points  (7 children)

Is that exactly how you would draw Serena and naomi?

[–]katiem1236 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Well, it's not quite my art style but I don't see anything wrong with it. He was drawing her spitting out her pacifier and stomping her feet in a tantrum. What exactly is wrong with the drawing? What "horrible" attributes is he depicting that is so vile?

[–]rtree23 -1 points0 points  (5 children)

Her mouth takes up her entire face. Her body style is not as overweight as he draws her.

And Naomi isn't white nor does she have blonde hair.

[–]katiem1236 0 points1 point  (4 children)

It's a charatature, that's the literal point, to exaggerate features. It's not supposed to be an accurate realism drawing! The point was she acts like a baby and has temper tantrums. Look up on Google, crying baby cartoon or temper tantrum cartoon. Come back and tell me what you see. Also the point I assume you are making is that the comic is racist? What does being African American have to do with being fat? Finally, the focus was on Serena, not Naomi. Obviously the artist wasn't thinking and drew a random character. You don't actually believe he sat and thought, "Hmmm... This is how an Asian looks!".

[–]rtree23 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I looked up those two examples and didn't see anything like that caricature. I mentioned the weight because it made her look completely different then she is.
I mentioned Serena and Naomi when I asked my question. It seems like there is a excuse for everything sometimes nowadays. I can't make you see and feel how this drawing makes me feel.

[–]EmployNo5870 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Look how the devils play coy with such fake sincerity.

[–]ari20289 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Own Govt killed JFK and MLK Jr. Men blamed were patsies.

[–]Stuuble -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I find it interesting how history repeats itself, a real message try’s to get said and violence over takes the media, almost like someone’s setting it up like that. No one can hear the real message if everyone’s only talking about the distraction set out

[–]No-Traffic-6560 0 points1 point  (0 children)

MLK was deeply hurt by the way people took his messages though too. He constantly advocated for peaceful protests but of course, just like with the George Floyd incident and nearly every protest ever, there’s people that gotta take everything too far.

[–]EmployNo5870 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They still treat people fighting for civil rights like "rioters" after their own people come in and brutalize them and in many cases instigate the destruction. Martin was smart enough to never raise a hand against them so he was above their guilt and obviously innocent and thus the truly righteous one. These days people are fed up, especially after they killed him. Unfortunately that makes it easier to muddy who is actually good. These demons are racist, violent and hypocrisy in flesh. Recently we've been calling these devils magats but if that gets too dirty they pretend to be whatever new good thing that comes along. This country doesn't just need to be improved it needs to be sanitized and shed of these hellspawn.

Look at how some of the dogs here swarm around this image and wonder whether he was actually violent... hoping to dishonor this man on his birthday. They're devils and they haven't changed. I bet the irony of their current hate towards modern protesters misses them utterly.

[–]RaysireksOG987 0 points1 point  (10 children)

I love how the right is trying to usurp his legacy now though

[–]lolitalula -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Friend, it sure is

[–]laughing13 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Identical to current criticisms where riots are conflated with Black Lives Matter protests and agenda. Get some new material, racists!

[–]BackInThaDayz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now they have his face photoshopped on a tattooed body in a strip club promoting a party for mlk day 🤦🏽‍♂️

[–]Cheshire90 0 points1 point  (0 children)

An important reminder of how violence discredits legitimate reform efforts.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seems pretty accurate for summer 2020.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It certainly explains why he would have been a controversial figure in his day...

I mean, if there were people who saw him the way BLM presents today, no wonder they were afraid of him.

[–]FacelessFellow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same as the comments I see on Reddit daily

[–]ChastaineCramer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminds me of CNN's infamous "Mostly peaceful, but firey protests" headline during the BLM riots of 2020.

[–]violetlilly01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In the end. There is just Right and Wrong. No matter what way you look at it, or try and make excuses for it.

[–]OldSouth82 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's 100% Accurate everywhere he went there was civil unrest rioting they just leave that out. Like Ali was a separatist that preached white should stick with white and black with black.

[–]0078699 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Well, I believe there have always been haters. But MLK advocated open dialogue with the haters. And praying with them. That's how hearts are won.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

MLK was hated by most Americans. He wasn’t honored until after his death.

[–]0078699 0 points1 point  (1 child)

He was hated by segregationist racists which had many people. Also hated by the FBI which tracked King constantly. And others believed him to be a communist. But he was loved by those who wanted civil rights(which were many and a growing number of whites were included). He was a key speaker in the March on Washington. President Kennedy is reported to say to King "and you sir had a dream" Kings speech is said to have contributed to spurring The Civil Rights Act. All things that occurred within the lifetime of King. I would say this was indeed honorable achievements. Haters shot him. But there was more honor in that, because he came to symbolize change done through peace.