Who Killed MLK?

In a class on MLK, my daughter was told that “he was killed by a white person.” My hair stood on end when I heard this.

“He was killed by a bad person,” I had to explain. “A murderer, a very bad individual.”

The next thing we are going to hear is that Ukraine was invaded by white people.

6 thoughts on “Who Killed MLK?

  1. This reminds me of the day back in 1968 when MLK was killed, and President-hopeful wannabe Bobby Kennedy spoke to a group of black people, telling them, “I understand how you feel — my brother was also killed by a white man.” (Yes, he actually said that.)

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  2. Interestingly enough, Portland considers ex-USSR Slavs to be people of color:

    https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/socwork_fac/128/

    https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1128&context=socwork_fac

    “Executive Summary
    The Slavic community is defined as those from the former Soviet Union. It is the largest refugee-based
    community in Oregon, with most arriving in the decade from 1990 to 2000. In 1988, then Russian
    President Mikhail Gorbachev allowed some religious minorities to leave the country. Numbers grew
    when in 1989 the USA eased immigration laws to permit Soviet immigrants. With the demise of the
    Soviet Union in 1991, the Slavic community arrived in large numbers. Migration has slowed to a relative
    trickle with immigrants more frequently being family-class immigrants as families seek to repatriate
    their members.
    It is a little unusual to consider the Slavic community as a community of color, for conventionally the
    community is considered White, and in all databases reviewed for this research, the community is
    included within the White community. So why this variation? The Slavic community has arrived in this
    part of the USA facing similar forms of discrimination and exclusion as did the Polish, Irish and Italians
    many generations ago. These communities struggled with language, employment, education and social
    exclusion. In much the same way, the Slavic community faces these barriers to parity and to equity. As a
    result, the Coalition of Communities of Color has formally recognized the Slavic community as a
    community of color. The experiences of the Slavic community have much solidarity with other
    communities of color. Earlier waves of immigrants from the former Soviet Union were known to achieve
    parity with other European immigrants to the USA within five years of arrival.1 Today, parity has moved
    further out of reach despite the fact that the local Slavic community has resided in the USA for an
    average of 20 years.”

    So, by Portland’s criteria, both Russians and Ukrainians would apparently be people of color.

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