How Lupe Fiasco Honors #MLK’s legacy and How President Obama Doesn’t #MLKDay #Inaugaration2013

Lupe Fiasco at the 2006 Intonation Music Festi...

Lupe Fiasco at the 2006 Intonation Music Festival in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists.”-Lupe Fiasco

“I’m talking about ordering a drone attack. Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children. Militants too, but the collateral damage. You’re responsible for that, too.”-Lupe Fiasco

“For nine years following 1945 we denied the people of Vietnam the right of independence. For nine years we vigorously supported the French in their abortive effort to recolonize Vietnam.”-MLK Jr.

“They move sadly and apathetically as we herd them off the land of their fathers into concentration camps where minimal social needs are rarely met. They know they must move on or be destroyed by our bombs. So they go, primarily women and children and the aged. They watch as we poison their water, as we kill a million acres of their crops. They must weep as the bulldozers roar through their areas preparing to destroy the precious trees. They wander into the hospitals with at least twenty casualties from American firepower for one Vietcong-inflicted injury. So far we may have killed a million of them, mostly children. They wander into the towns and see thousands of the children, homeless, without clothes, running in packs on the streets like animals. They see the children degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers.”-MLK Jr.

“Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak of the — for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam.”- MLK Jr.

“We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation. We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors.”- MLK Jr.

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All quotes by MLK Jr. are from Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s speech denouncing the Vietman War: Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence.

When I was in seminary, there were people wearing black shirts with the images of Martin Luther King Jr. and then Senator Barack Obama; Martin had the dream, Barack fulfilled it. Without a proven record or resume to even touch Rev. Dr. King’s legacy, these shirts infuriated me. Months later, when President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, again the comparisons with MLK Jr. appeared once more. However, this is where the comparison ends. They are, for better or for worse, both NPP winners, as well as men of African descent. What separates MLK Jr. (the reason why we celebrate his legacy today) is that he placed the universal love of all humankind (neighborly love that Jesus taught) over and against his political self-interest. This meant speaking up for poor children, who were hungry and homeless overseas, strangers he did not see every day.

By very stark contrast, President Obama could careless about these children in his day. Like Lyndon Johnson before him, President Obama has a policy of “guns and butter,” lip service to social justice on domestic issue, but a faithful commitment to warmongering. Conservatives feign outrage at the secrecy behind the drone wars, but not the act of drone warfare, the collateral damage itself. There are no tears for the children of Pakistan and Yemen. The fact is is that President Obama has increased the use of these strikes, more so than President Bush.

Lupe Fiasco, a hip hop artist, continues to be one of the few anti-war voices of reason. Lupe’s public confrontation last night, getting kicked off stage for using his fame to speak up for the oppressed stands firmly in the tradition of MLK Jr. Lupe’s anti-war and anti-racist stance places him as one of the heirs of the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr. As for President Barack Obama, A RESOUNDING NO!!!

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