On a 1957 trip to Ghana in connection with its independence from Britain, King and his wife, Coretta, learned the sordid story of colonial oppression.
Martin Luther King Day has become a yearly ritual to turn a black radical into a red-white-and-blue icon. It is a day filled with old sound bites about little black children and little white children that, given the state of America, would enrage King.
U.S. policy has promoted the economic and religious right. The idea that it has been good for women in the global south is ludicrous.
U.S. society has been moving rightward for decades—and pulling much of Europe with it.
Even if the Vermont senator ran with the People's Party, he would remain, in the eyes of his critics, a warmonger by virtue of his positions.
Although decades apart, both terrorist attacks were reactions against a history of colonialism.
The U.S. military encourages terms such as "camel jockey" or "raghead" to demean freedom fighters in the deserts of the Middle East. And all the while it proclaims itself a beacon of freedom and democracy, a fairy tale not believed much outside its own borders.
This extended colonialism is unparalleled in the whole world: No other colonial power now existing is keeping millions stateless and without rights.