11 Forgotten Martin Luther King Quotes That Show He Was a Revolutionary
You hear them every year around this time: The famous, feel-good Martin Luther King Jr. quotes about looking over the mountaintop, about judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, about children in cross-racial friendships holding hands.
Of course, America’s favorite civil rights sound bites don’t represent King’s entire life or worldview. By 2015, it’s no secret that he was more revolutionary than his most famous quotes suggest, and that he talked about a lot more than just his famous “dream.” And the quotes that do outline his broader vision tend to get ignored — because they’re more sobering than inspiring, or because they’re too specific to be deployed by commentators seeking to invoke King in support of their own opinions.
6) He also broke some news to poor white people: they weren’t exactly winning in a segregated society:
If it may be said of the slavery era that the white man took the world and gave the Negro Jesus, then it may be said of the Reconstruction era that the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow.