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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and Others









 I always remain suspicious when I hear something such as the American government has assassinated a leader of another country.  My American experience has taught me to be leery because of the following events and much more:

        1.      Harry and Harriette Moore (civil rights activists) were assassinated in 1952.

2.      Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was assassinated in 1961 via a US-sponsored plot.

3.      Medgar Evers was assassinated by a member of the White Citizens Council in 1963.

4.      Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney (civil rights activists) were assassinated by a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob in 1964.

5.      Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965.

6.      Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

7.      Fred Hampton (civil rights activist) was assassinated during a joint operation between the FBI and the Chicago Police  in 1969.  

8.      Mohammed Anwar el Sadat, Egyptian President, was assassinated in 1981. 

9.      Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed leader of Libya, was assassinated in 2011.

10.  The thousands of Blacks lynched in America.

11.  The all too many Blacks who have died from police violence.

Nor shall we ever forget how, in 1963, 4 little Black girls were assassinated while attending Sunday School in the city of Birmingham, Alabama nor how in 2015 a 21-year-old White supremacist assassinated 9 Blacks while they worshiped in Charleston, South Carolina.  Hence, my culturally-induced paranoia peaked recently when I learned that POTUS 45 had ordered the assassination of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani and it was not lost on me that January is the month we take note of Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions.  Obviously, there are vast differences between the characters, values, beliefs and actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Qassem Soleimani.  Yet, they share the common fate of being assassinated by those who deemed them a threat to America, those who were so bold, so audacious, so self-righteous that they pursued assassination.

After he ordered the cold-blooded assassination, POTUS 45 TOLD US, “the reign of terror is over,” that he did the assassination to stop not start a war.  On the contrary, the assassination of a national leader in a sovereign territory constitutes an  act that will lead to the “slaughter of innocents,” “rivers of blood,” and other things too horrendous to contemplate. Our nation is so terrified that more than 3,000 troops are being deployed to Saudi Arabia; an army brigade was being flown in to Lebanon; and, across the nation, preparations are being made for cyberwarfare.  On Facebook, friends warn friends about which public places to avoid, places they believe to be susceptible for suicide bombings. 

Days after the assassination of Soleimani, several of my White acquaintances, members of Congress, and others opined that Qassem Soleimani had been a “nasty, vicious, terrible, murderer”  …such a terrible, corrupt, malicious, unredeemable  human being that he had to be assassinated.  Truthfully, I only know what I have received from the mass media regarding Soleimani.  However, what I do know is that the FBI and others deemed Martin Luther King Jr. a major threat to America.  I also know that, despite their terror against Blacks, no KKK member was slated for assassination by the American government.  All of the foregoing and more makes clear who America deems appropriate for assassination even if they commit no crimes and who is tolerated when they commit the worst of crimes. 

American government reports have, for example, repeatedly underscored the growth of hate crimes in America.  However, there will be no state-sponsored assassination to halt American hate crimes.  No, it seems that assassination is reserved for certain people.  And when this happens, it is little wonder that those affected respond in an explosive fashion as did Blacks when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

America has so much blood on its hands and, having carried out the “wild-wild West” assassination of the Iranian leader, we must now wait and see how the proverbial “chickens will come home to roost.” 


Jack L. Daniel

Co-Founder, Freed Panther Society

Contributor, Pittsburgh Urban Media

Author, Negotiating a Historically White University While Black

January 14, 2020

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