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I frankly, ya’ll, find it hard to get through every January cause I know all the phony stuff I’m going to have to listen to about Dr. Martin Luther King because the powers that be in this country have totally distorted what that man was, they’ve put him on a pedestal you see, he looks like a dreamer. He wasn’t a dreamer he was a revolutionary!

I may not know a lot but I know something about white folks cause I been one for 80 years. And I know that us white folks, we will do anything in the world rather than face the truth about what racism, and I prefer to call it white supremacy which is what it is, has done to us and to the country. But this is a very comfortable image, of the little black and white children walking the red hills of Georgia together. Well of course you’d like to have that happen but it takes more than that right? It’s very different from what he was saying in his Riverside church speech when he said, among other things- “true compassion is more than flinging coins to a beggar. True compassion recognizes that a society that creates beggars needs to be totally restructured.

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Anne Braden