ROLAND MARTIN: ‘We’ve Got to Recapture the Revolutionary in Dr. King!’

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    01/17/14- Roland Martin wants you to ‘Wake the Hell Up” in this commentary about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy is often misrepresented or diminished in the media and in our own community.

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    14 thoughts on “ROLAND MARTIN: ‘We’ve Got to Recapture the Revolutionary in Dr. King!’

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    2. I have heard Roland Martin give some good commentaries throughout the years but this one regarding Martin Luther King was the greatest yet. His remarks regarding Nelson Mandela needed to be said this time also. I heard few Black persons make these remarks regarding Nelson Mandela during the various memorial services. Well said Roland and keep up the good work and for using your plateform to wake us up. Thank you!!!

    3. That was the best commentary Roland has ever given. Totally on point and accurate. there are those in certain parts of the media today who are twisitng MLK’s message to fit some twisted logic. Equally as bad are those who water down King’s message to simply “the Dream” like some kind of disneyland experience.
      Which is why even thoughI am in Atlanta I never go downtonw and join in on that ridiculous parade where all of the usual suspects want to get a headshot on TV for that one day and then shrink like a frightened turtle back into their cubby hole until next year. MLK’s children havent helped either. They have spent so much time tearing each other down, suing each other, and wanting to be chief cook and bottle washer. They are a composite of what people of color in general have done to each other over the years ( yes their is enough blame to go around everywhere) But the bottom line is that Martin’s legacy is up for grabs until people come together ( if thats even possible) and take the definition away from those who wish to distort it as Roland so eloquently stated.

    4. That’s right Roland, “We Need To Wake The Hell Up”! Dr.King would want us to listen to The BlackMan(State of Emergency) on Youtube. Because the time is Now! Peace!

    5. Time to wake up, Black America…

      Was it not to long ago, our (the country) president was confronted with name calling and threatened as he tries to lead this country. Amidst a trend in increased black crime and a resurgence of racial inequalities in the form of local governmental propaganda. We may share the same sidewalks but do we walk along each other’s side? I agree with the commentary but not only do we as a country need to re-embrace the movement toward racial inequalities, as the LGBT as continued their push, but we, Black America, need to re-embrace our own struggles of community support and activism and put away the ‘crabs in a barrel’ train of thought. It may not be in the black communities as a whole, but more times than not, it’s the pockets for ignorance that are continuously publicized.

    6. Darrin, I absolutely agree with all of your points made–we have to be cognizant of our past so we can learn from it and stand on the shoulders of those who have sacrificed so we can enjoy the freedoms that weren’t awarded to them. And I believe with my whole heart MLK believed that as well. Here’s where I take a slight detour from you with all due respect. There’s a difference between “getting over it” versus “moving forward” which is what we should do. In my opinion, “getting over it” is just a tool for some in their personal healing from hurt. Some have to detach themselves from the things that have held them down in order to move forward. MLK is a wonderful example of that — while he passionately expressed that the country needed to embrace us as equals, he didn’t hold on to the bitterness of the scorn a his fuel; instead, he used passive aggressiveness to push for equality by showing love and turning the other cheek versus reciprocating the hatred and vitriol we were getting.
      I guess what I’m hoping to say is the only way to truly rise above our oppression is to channel that hurt in loving actions to each other — become the shoulders for our younger generation as our parents’ and those directly involved in the civil rights movement have for us. Some died before seeing their dreams become a reality, but it doesn’t mean they didn’t see it happening as a result of their sacrifice. We have to move forward as if we already know our retribution and apology will be given–even if it means it won’t happen in our lifetime. If our future descendants have a chance to enjoy that because of the groundwork we lay, in my humble opinion the suffering I endure in my lifetime will be completely worth it. God bless you my brother! -LeVar Butler

    7. I see a lot of disrespect coming from my own people. How do you fix the division that has been in the works for centuries now? Black people need to learn how to respect one another. But I believe that since this condition was caused by bigoted white people, it should be fixed by their ancestors. They have conquered and destroyed Black America and I believe that the psychological damage that has happened because of insensitive white people needs to be corrected. Until we get an official apology from the US government, and funding to fix the problem they have caused, we are always going to be second class citizens who continually get the short end of the stick.I am tired of white people and some blacks who say ” Get over it!” How can we if they won’t let us? We need closure, too.

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