Of course, Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech is his most well known, but I am also a fan of this anti-war speech. This clip, taken from “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” was given on April 4, 1967- exactly one year before he died.
He may be talking about Vietnam, but a lot of these quotes could be applied to our involvement with Iraq and Afghanistan today.
It has been over 40 years, and indeed “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” is still the U.S. government and we are still spending more on the military than on programs for “social uplift.” Though racism remains a problem in the United States, it’s safe to say that the threat of WWIII affects every race.
“The world now demands the maturity of America.” I couldn’t agree more.