On 21 January 2019, the US is celebrating the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. His legacy has propelled him to the status of a visionary, much like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. But as the US establishment has come to terms with this, there has been an effort to sterilize his image. And it has thus sought to airbrush the radical elements of his worldview from history.
We must oppose this whitewash. Because King firmly opposed US military interventions abroad. And now, with an openly nationalist president in the White House who’s ramping up interventions abroad, it’s time that we remember the radical aspects of King’s legacy.