[Apologies for sending this again, but the video of King’s interview didn’t show up in the email that goes out to some of this blog’s vast public]
From an interview in May, 1967:
From Jamaal Bowman, who will now represent New York’s 16th District in Congress:
We can’t talk about the attacks against “Socialism” without talking about white backlash to demands for investment in communities of color.
Government programs, or what they call “Socialism,” is apparently fine for white people but no one else.
Was the GI Bill socialism?
Was the Works Progress Administration socialism?
Was the Homestead Act socialism?
These programs built the middle class and American wealth. But we’re letting ourselves get played by the GOP’s divide-and-conquer strategy if we don’t tell it like it is.
If we let Republicans and their billionaire friends on Fox News and corporate America divide us up, working people of all backgrounds can’t come together to fund our schools, demand millions of green jobs, and investment in ALL of our communities.
Let’s complete the work of our ancestors in this struggle.
For every step our nation takes forward on racial and economic justice, the forces of backlash will try to divide-and-conquer us all.
But we have to stay focused because I truly believe that we will win.