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The Drum Major Instinct

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 15, 2011

Crossposted from Renaissance Post:

Today would have been the eighty-second birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated by yet another alleged “lone nut”, James Earl Ray, in Memphis in 1968.

Great efforts have been made since his death to deemphasize the events of the last five years of his life, as if nothing happened between the March on Washington and his death except for a string of extramarital affairs upon which FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover was eagerly snooping and which right-wing sources keep injecting into the public discourse on Dr. King. Why? Because in those five years he had expanded his focus on civil rights to encompass the rights of union workers and the question of whether America should have been at war in Vietnam.

Here is an example of the sort of thing that the powers that be don’t want you to know about Dr. King: His seminal sermon, delivered two months to the day before his assassination, on what he called “The Drum Major Instinct”. You can listen to it here (RealAudio) or at the link here, but if you don’t have audio, you can read it here, courtesy of the Black Web Portal. Read it and compare his words to those of the modern-day white megachurch preachers: For starters, can you imagine any of them referencing Freud and Adler with such obvious familiarity?

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A Real President

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 21, 2009

This is what a Real President does:

President Obama has ordered an abrupt halt in the Gitmo Show Trials. From Peter Finn at the Washington Post:

In one of its first actions, the Obama administration instructed military prosecutors late Tuesday to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings involving detainees at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — a clear break with the approach of the outgoing Bush administration.

The instruction came in a motion filed late Tuesday with a military court handling the case of five defendants accused of organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The motion called for “a continuance of the proceedings” until May 20 so that “the newly inaugurated president and his administration [can] review the military commissions process, generally, and the cases currently pending before military commissions, specifically.”

In the legal field, this is known as an act taken “in the interests of justice”. An incredibly welcome move by an administration literally only hours into its initial term. You have to hand it to President Obama, Guantanamo is a sensitive topic, especially with the neocon screechers, yet he proved the courage of his convictions and acted immediately upon being sworn in.


We have a Real President. After eight long years, we have a Real President.

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