Power & Poverty: Dr. King responds to Glenn Beck

I was waiting for this.

I was in New Orleans covering the 5th anniversary of Katrina. On August 28, before hitting the streets, I sat in my hotel watching clips of the two marches in Washington led by Rev. Al Sharpton and Glenn Beck.

I shook my head at both marches.

I think Beck successfully pulled off his publicity stunt and may have finally positioned himself to be Sarah Palin's running mate in 2012. What do you think? Hey, if McCain took an outrageous chance on her, wouldn't it be even more entertaining with Palin and Beck on the ticket? Just a thought. It's the American way.

As for the march hosted by Sharpton, many young people I talked to say they didn't even feel like that march represented the spirit of Dr. King. So they felt it was a competition which took away from the true focus. What do you think? I believe George Curry made some excellent points in his "Open Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

Now, Pittsburgh Hip Hop artists Jasiri X weighs in with his latest video "Dr. King's Nightmare."

In an email he says "this was part of a song Me and Paradise the Arkitech had intended to do as coverage of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, as well as Al Sharpton's "Reclaim the Dream" rally. The plan was to spit a rhyme from both perspectives then end with a verse from Dr. King himself. We eventually decided to scrap the idea and concentrate on our next video. However, a article by Legendary Hip-Hop Journalist Davey D inspired me to record my Dr. King verse to Kayne's Power and create a video around it."

Written from the perspective of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jasiri X responds to Glenn Beck's rally and the growing racial and economic divide in America. From the police's brutal beating of Jordan Miles in Pittsburgh and murder of Oscar Grant in Oakland, the increasing poverty and joblessness, to the ever expanding racial division lead by the rhetoric of those like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin...Dr. King's dream has turned into a nightmare.
Watch below http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxOP-s5QI8c

If you don't think there is still a need to fight poverty in this country, please check out the videos emailed to me by Brother Kaazim Muhammad of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. These videos were recently posted by Antoinette Harrell about the poverty conditions in Palmer Crossing, Mississippi....sad.

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  1. Powerful commentary good brother!

    Paradise Gray

  2. Was it not King who said "judge a man not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character" ? How many can say they based their votes in the last Presidential election on character, not color. As ye sow so shall ye reap.

  3. What do you make of the recently disclosed story about the highly-regarded civil rights photographer, who was with Dr. King on the day that he was shot, and who was an informant providing information to the FBI regarding Dr. King and other civil rights activists?

  4. @Inspector

    I am not surprised one bit...if he was alive and I had an chance to interview him, my only question to him would be "How did you sleep at night?"


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