Martin Luther King is one of my greats political influences. A week before he was assassinated, he last appearance was in my home town of Paterson NJ.
My Civil Right fight began in our Kindergarten Playground at School 18 in Paterson NJ. Some White kinds where picking on my friend Freddy and I intervened. Luckily I ended the conflict in peace. I played with many Blacks as a kid, among my good friends today are The Rev Arthur Bryant. I lost Leon Thompson due to Aids in the 1980s. I protested for Civil Rights actively opposing the Karaganda and unfair labor practices. I held strike signs at Standard Packaging marching with Black Unionists.
I met Bayard Rustin and Cesear Chevez. I helped put David McReynolds on the Ballot and
I am running for Congress again fighting for the Rights of all. Concerned once again about African Americans. Martin Luther King was the real deal.
From Huffington Post: Obery M. Hendricks Phd writes.
“As for Democratic Socialism, it was attractive to King because it seeks to replace formal democracy that is declared yet unrealized in practice, with a truly democratic system in which the public interest takes precedence over the interests of private profit; in other words, a system that values the legitimate needs of people over unbridled profits and manipulated wants. True democracy must be full democracy, and that includes economic democracy that gives workers and employees of every type a real voice in the determination of the conditions under which they must work and live. For it is a sad truth that the bulk of American workers have no real voice under capitalism; they are subject to the dictates of “bosses,” corporate owners and leaders. In many cases, perhaps in most, the power and control which corporate capitalists and their managerial designees have over their employees verges on the despotic. A case in point is the recent expose` of the shockingly oppressive working conditions at the retailing giant, Amazon.com, in which manual workers are routinely pushed to the outer limits of their physical endurance to meet ever expanding productivity mandates. It is beyond ironic that the site at which millions of American workers spend the bulk of their waking hours — the workplace — offers the least democracy.
Martin Luther King was a passionate devotee of democracy. In his speech, “Loving Your Enemies,” he declared, “Democracy is the greatest form of government to my mind that man has ever conceived, but its weakness is that we have never touched it.” King not only wanted America to touch democracy; he wanted democracy to “roll down like waters” into every aspect of American life.”
Norman Thomas, 5 times Socialist Party Presidential Candidate wanted Martin Luther King to run for President.
The Socialist Party was filled with Black Socialists. African-American figures like W.E.B. DuBois, Hubert Harrison, Chandler Owens, A. Philip Randolph and W.A. Domingo joined the Socialist Party after its founding in 1901.
an essay published in the International Socialist Review in November 1903, Debs reflected on his experience in Yoakum, Texas, when he came upon a group of white men at a railroad station who made disparaging and racist comments about African Americans.
Eugene V Debs wrote In this essay, entitled “The Negro in the Class Struggle,” Debs described these racists as “the foul product of the capitalist system and held in the lowest contempt by the master class,” who nevertheless deemed themselves superior and in this reflected “the hatred of their masters.”
Debs went on to proclaim: “The whole world is under obligation to the Negro, and that the white heel is still upon the black neck is simply proof that the world is not yet civilized. The history of the Negro in the United States is a history of crime without parallel.”
He concluded the essay, “I have said and say again that, properly speaking, there is no Negro question outside of the labor question — the working class struggle. Our position as socialists and as a party is perfectly plain. We have simply to say: ‘The class struggle is colorless.’”
Black lives do matter, but we must recognize all people are involved in the race to the Bottom, that is what amkes the Sanders and Rozzo Campaign so important.