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J. Edgar Hoover on Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A lot of people are saying that Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States is the fruition of the activism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Frankly, I don’t think that these people are paying attention to what Dr. King stood for – much of which Barack Obama has sold out.

Let’s look beyond the color of Barack Obama’s skin. Yes, it’s a good thing that the United States can elect a person with significant African ancestry. However, racial equality is not all that Dr. King worked for.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked for freedom for all people, regardless of race. He recognized that one of the most serious threats to freedom was unchecked power in the government. Dr. King also knew that the promises of the Constitution of the United States would be the basis for freedom for all, if it ever was to be achieved.

The government was threatened by Dr. King’s pro-freedom agenda, and so it violated the Constitution, spying on Dr. King for political reasons, and attempting to use the information found through its unconstitutional surveillance to destroy him. J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI, used warrantless wiretapping to listen in to Dr. King’s private and political conversations. They kept files on Dr. King simply because he was a political dissident.

George W. Bush has done the same to peaceful, law-abiding American dissidents. I know it’s not part of the ordinary narrative about Barack Obama, so it may shock you to hear this, but as a member of the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama helped George W. Bush maintain his system of J. Edgar Hoover warrantless espionage against American citizens. As an incoming President, Barack Obama and Eric Holder, his nominee to head the Department of Justice (J. Edgar Hoover’s old territory), have indicated that they intend to keep the unconstitutional powers to spy without constitutional restraint.

Barack Obama and Eric Holder may have African ancestry, but that does not automatically make them embodiments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream. Obama and Holder are actively promoting the same unconstitutional abuses of power that were used against Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s not fashionable to do so these days, but I’m asking Americans to use Martin Luther King Day to look beyond the simplified story that Dr. King was merely campaigning against racism. It’s not fashionable to do so these days, but I’m also asking Americans to use Inauguration Day to look beyond the simplified story that Barack Obama is a living embodiment of the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Barack Obama is about to become the most powerful person on Earth. Because of that, we need to be skeptical of Mr. Obama’s use of power. We’re not doing any good if we are content to celebrate and adore Obama, as if his individual biography is sufficient protection from tyranny.

We are organizing an inauguration demonstration tomorrow at noon at the corner of 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington D.C., along the inaugural parade route. The message of the demonstration is simple: Barack Obama needs to fulfill the promise of the Oath of Office. He needs to uphold the Constitution.

2 comments to J. Edgar Hoover on Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • RB

    I agree that the enthusiasm for this inauguration has overshadowed the fact that it’s not all perfect. I was happy to learn in my research that there are number of anarchist groups protesting the inauguration. [http://tinyurl.com/7hvjeo] But still the overall attitude is flowers and rainbows, etc.

    I’m very interested to learn more about the protest you’re staging.

  • KD

    It’s amazing to me how some americans don’t understand the connection of past racists and deplorably ignorant men and women of either race. Has had an immediate and profound effect on many things that happen today. J Edgar Hoover was such a racist along w/many of his colleagues wheter they were in government, media, military, or wherever. The fact that he has buildings named after him as a reminder to his reign it extremely disgusting. White America, Black America needs to understand that in the same way Wall Street is using the squandering of dollars to create two classes of people which are rich and poor. This is the same way that race and discrimination was used to keep blacks out of the “American Dream”. For example if you were abused as a kid in the same way that poverty and racism was used in the 40s, 50s, 60s and so on. What type of an adult would you be? That’s why it’s critical to learn and understand your history, our history because although it’s not taught in the American History books. Black history is just as much of world history as it is American History. Also don’t get caught up in the name. There were many, many white americans, jewish americans that helped make Black history. Take Care and God Bless All of Us.

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