John Corcoran grew up in New Mexico in the US during the 1940s and 50s. One of six siblings, he graduated from high school, went on to university, and became a teacher in the 1960s – a job he held for 17 years. But, as he explains here, he hid an extraordinary secret.
When I was a child I was told by my parents that I was a winner, and for the first six years of my life I believed what my parents had told me.
I was late in talking, but I went off to school with high hopes of learning to read like my sisters, and for the first year things were fine because there weren’t many demands on us other than standing in the right line, sitting down, keeping our mouths shut and going to the bathroom on time.
And then in the second grade we were supposed to learn to read. But for me it was like opening a Chinese newspaper and looking at it – I didn’t understand what those lines were, and as a child of six, seven, eight years old I didn’t know how to articulate the problem.
I remember praying at night and saying, “Please Lord, let me know how to read tomorrow when I get up” and sometimes I’d even turn on the light and get a book and look at it and see if I got a miracle. But I didn’t get that miracle.
At school I ended up in the dumb row with a bunch of other kids who were having a hard time learning to read. I didn’t know how I got there, I didn’t know how to get out and I certainly didn’t know what question to ask.
The teacher didn’t call it the “dumb row” – there wasn’t any cruelty or anything – but the kids called it the dumb row, and when you’re in that dumb row you start thinking you’re dumb.
At teacher conferences my teacher told my parents, “He’s a smart boy, he’ll get it,” and they moved me on to the third grade.
“He’s a smart boy, he’ll get it,” and they moved me on to the fourth grade.
“He’s a smart boy, he’ll get it,” and they moved me on to the fifth grade.
But I wasn’t getting it.
By the time I got to the fifth grade I’d basically given up on myself in terms of reading. I got up every day, got dressed, went to school and I was going to war. I hated the classroom. It was a hostile environment and I had to find a way to survive.
By the seventh grade I was sitting in the principal’s office most of the day. I was in fights, I was defiant, I was a clown, I was a disruptor, I got expelled from school.
But that behaviour wasn’t who I felt inside – it wasn’t who I wanted to be. I wanted to be somebody else, I had a desire to succeed, I wanted to be a good student, but I just couldn’t do it.
By the time I got to the eighth grade I got tired of embarrassing myself and my family. I decided I was going to behave myself now – if you behave in high school you can find your way through the system. So I was going to be a teacher’s pet and do everything necessary to pass that system.
I wanted to be an athlete – I had athletic skills, and I had maths skills – I could count money and make change before I even went to school and I learned the times tables.
I had social skills too – I ran around with college kids, I dated the valedictorian – the student with the highest grades who gives a speech at the graduation ceremony, I was the homecoming king, I had people – mostly girls – do my homework for me.
I could write my name and there were some words that I could remember, but I couldn’t write a sentence – I was in high school and reading at the second or third grade level. And I never told anybody that I couldn’t read.
When I was taking a test I would look at someone else’s paper, or I’d pass my paper over to somebody else and they’d answer the questions for me – it was fairly easy, amateur cheating. But when I went off to college on a full athletic scholarship it was a different story.
I thought, “Oh my gosh, this is way over my head, how am I going to be able to get through this?”
I belonged to a social fraternity who had copies of old exam papers. That was one way to cheat. I tried to take classes with a partner, somebody who would help me through. There were professors who used the same test year after year. But I also had to resort to more creative and desperate things.
In one exam the professor put four questions on the board. I was sitting at the back of the room, near the window, behind the older students.
I had my blue book and I painstakingly copied the four questions off the board. I didn’t know what those questions said.
I had arranged for a friend of mine to be outside the window. He was probably the smartest kid in school, but he was also shy and he’d asked me to fix him up with a girl by the name of Mary who he wanted to go to the spring formal dance with.
I passed my blue book out the window to him and he answered the questions for me.
I had another blue exam book underneath my shirt and I took it out and pretended I was writing in it.
I was praying that my friend was going to be able to get my book back to me and that he was going to get the right answers.
I was so desperate. I needed to pass courses. I was at risk.
There was another exam that I couldn’t figure out how I was going to pass.
One night I went by the professor’s office about midnight, he wasn’t there. I opened the window with a knife and I went in like a cat burglar. I’d crossed the line now – I wasn’t just a student that was cheating, I was a criminal.
I went inside and I looked around for the exam. It had to be in his office but I couldn’t find it. There was a file cabinet that was locked – it had to be in the file cabinet.
I did the same thing two or three nights in a row looking for that exam but I still couldn’t find it. So one night, about one o’clock in the morning, I brought three of my friends with me and we went to the office. We carried out a four-drawer file cabinet, put it in a vehicle, and took it off campus to a college apartment.
I had arranged for a locksmith to come. I put my suit and tie on – I was pretending to be a young businessman who was leaving for Los Angeles the next day and the locksmith was saving my job by opening it.
He opened it, gave me a key, and sure enough, to my great relief there were more than 40 copies of the exam – a multiple choice paper – in the top drawer of the file cabinet. I took one copy back to my dormitory, where a “smart” classmate made a cheat sheet with all the correct answers.
We carried the file cabinet back and at five o’clock in the morning I was walking up to my room and thinking, “Mission impossible accomplished!” – and I was feeling pretty good that I was so clever.
But then I walked up the stairs, lay down in my bed and started weeping like a baby.
Why didn’t I ask for help? Because I didn’t believe there was anybody out there who could teach me to read. This was my secret and I guarded that secret.
My teachers and my parents told me that people with college degrees get better jobs, they have better lives, and so that’s what I believed. My motivation was to just get that piece of paper. Maybe by osmosis, maybe by prayer, maybe by a miracle I would one day learn to read.
So I graduated from college, and when I graduated there was a teacher shortage and I was offered a job. It was the most illogical thing you can imagine – I got out of the lion’s cage and then I got back in to taunt the lion again.
Why did I go into teaching? Looking back it was crazy that I would do that. But I’d been through high school and college without getting caught – so being a teacher seemed a good place to hide. Nobody suspects a teacher of not knowing how to read.
I taught a lot of different things. I was an athletics coach. I taught social studies. I taught typing – I could copy-type at 65 words a minute but I didn’t know what I was typing. I never wrote on a blackboard and there was no printed word in my classroom. We watched a lot of films and had a lot of discussions.
I remember how fearful I was. I couldn’t even take the roll – I had to ask the students to pronounce their names so I could hear their names. And I always had two or three students who I identified early – the ones who could read and write best in the classroom – to help me. They were my teaching aids. They didn’t suspect at all – you don’t suspect the teacher.
One of my biggest fears was faculty meetings. We had them once a week and if the teachers were brainstorming the principal would call on somebody to get those ideas on to the board. I lived in fear that he would call on me, every week I was terrified, but I had a backup plan.
If he had called on me I was going to get out of my chair and take two steps, grab my chest, drop to the floor and hope they called 911. Whatever it took not to get caught, and I never got caught.
Sometimes I felt like a good teacher – because I worked hard at it and I really cared about what I was doing – but I wasn’t. It was wrong. I didn’t belong in the classroom, I was trespassing. I wasn’t supposed to be there and sometimes what I was doing made me physically sick, but I was trapped, I couldn’t tell anybody.
I got married while I was a teacher. Getting married is a sacrament, it’s a commitment to be truthful with another person and this was the first time I thought, “OK, I’m going to trust this person, I’m going to tell her.”
I practised in front of the mirror: “Cathy, I can’t read. Cathy, I can’t read.”
And one evening we were sitting on the couch and I said, “Cathy, I can’t read.”
But she didn’t really understand what I was saying. She thought I was saying that I didn’t read much.
You know, love is blind and deaf.
So we got married and we had a child and years later it really came home to her.
I was reading to our three-year-old daughter. We read to her routinely, but I wasn’t really reading, I was making the stories up – stories that I knew, like Goldilocks and The Three Bears, I just added drama to them.
But this was a new book, Rumpelstiltskin, and my daughter said, “You’re not reading it like mama.”
My wife heard me trying to read from a child’s book and that was the first time that it dawned on her. I had been asking her to do all this writing for me, helping me write things for school, and then she finally realised, how deep and severe this was.
But nothing was said, there was no confrontation, she just carried on helping me get by.
It didn’t relieve anything because in my gut I felt dumb and I felt like a fake. I was deceitful. I was teaching my students to be seekers of truth and I was the biggest liar in the room. The relief only came when I finally learned to read.
I taught high school from 1961 to 1978. Eight years after I quit my teaching job, something finally changed.
I was 47 going on 48 when I saw Barbara Bush – then Second Lady of the US – talking about adult literacy on TV. It was her special cause. I’d never heard anybody talking about adult literacy before, I thought I was the only person in the world that was in the situation I was in.
I was at this desperate spot in my life. I wanted to tell somebody and I wanted to get help and one day in the grocery store I was standing in line and there were two women in front of me talking about their adult brother who was going to the library. He was learning to read and they were just full of joy and I couldn’t believe it.
So one Friday afternoon in my pinstriped suit I walked into the library and asked to see the director of the literacy programme and I sat down with her and I told her I couldn’t read.
That was the second person in my adult life that I had ever told.
I had a volunteer tutor – she was 65 years old. She wasn’t a teacher, she was just somebody who loved to read and didn’t think anybody should go through life without knowing how to.
One of the things that she had me do in the early stages was to try to write because I had all these thoughts in my mind and I’d never written a sentence. The first thing that I wrote was a poem about my feelings. One of the things about poetry is that you don’t have to know what a complete sentence is, and you don’t have to write in complete sentences.
She got me to about sixth-grade-level reading – I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. But it took me about seven years to feel like I was a literate person. I cried, I cried, and I cried after I started learning to read – there was a lot of pain and a lot of frustration – but it filled a big hole in my soul. Adults who can’t read are suspended in their childhoods, emotionally, psychologically, academically, spiritually. We haven’t grown up yet.
I was encouraged to tell my story by my tutor to motivate others and promote literacy, but I said, “No way. I’ve lived in this community for 17 years, my children are here, my wife is here – she’s a professional, my parents are here, I’m not going to tell this story.”
But eventually I decided I would. It was an embarrassing secret and it was a shame-based secret, so it was a big decision.
It wasn’t easy but once I’d made up my mind I was going to tell the story I told it all across America, I spoke to anybody that would listen. I guarded this secret for decades and then I blasted it to the world.
I was on Larry King, I was on the ABC News magazine show 20/20, I was on Oprah.
It was uncomfortable for people to hear the story of the teacher who couldn’t read. Some people said it was impossible and that I was making the whole story up.
But I want people to know there is hope, there is a solution. We are not “dumb”, we can learn to read, it’s never too late.
Unfortunately we are still pushing children and teens through school without teaching them basic reading and writing skills. But we can break this cycle of failure if instead of blaming teachers we make sure they are properly trained.
For 48 years I was in the dark. But I finally got the monkey off my back, I finally buried the ghost of my past.
Written by Sarah McDermott. Photographs courtesy of John Corcoran.
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The Hungarian people voted in favour of national sovereignty in Sunday’s general election, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told an international press conference in Parliament on Tuesday.
Assessing the election campaign, Orban said it was voters who had determined the most important topics: migration and the question of national sovereignty. And they said they should be the only ones to decide whom they wish to live together with, “and we must respect this decision”, the prime minister added.
Orban said there would be “significant changes” in his new government. The cabinet will be reshuffled “with mostly new people.” He said the new government could be formed in 3-4 weeks’ time. “We don’t intend to continue with the previous term but instead open a new one,” Orban said, adding that the terms of all of his ministers and state secretaries had expired. Asked if he could name any ministers who would stay on in the new cabinet, he said: “I could, but I don’t want to.”
Hungary is a country that wants a strong Europe of strong member states, the prime minister said. He said his government had to stand by a “Europe of nations” rather than a “united states of Europe”.
Orban said the size of his Fidesz party’s support was clear, “and we received a strong mandate; in fact one of the strongest — if not the strongest — of the last 30 years.” The prime minister said his new government would work to improve Hungary’s demographic indicators.
Asked about an opposition demonstration announced for this coming Saturday, Orban said: “The people have decided and that’s all there is to it.”
Asked about the possibility of central bank governor Gyorgy Matolcsy taking up a role in the new government, Orban said that since Sunday, he had only spoken to Matolcsy about market reactions to his victory. The prime minister said he had received “reassuring answers” from Matolcsy and that they had not discussed anything else.
Orban said the new government’s economic policy would follow “the economic school of Matolcsy”, whose premise is that the country’s finances must be in order. Therefore, Hungary’s public debt is expected to decline further, he added.
On the topic of the “Stop Soros” bill, he said the proposal had been submitted to parliament before the election so that voters would be able to make their decision knowing that, and this fact boosted its legitimacy. “We feel empowered to pass it,” he said.
Asked about whether he had received congratulations from Hungarian opposition parties, Orban said he was of the school of thought that if someone loses then it is normal to give their congratulations. “There are other schools of thought,” he added.
The prime minister noted that President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker had congratulated him by phone and he had invited Juncker to visit Hungary, and his visit was expected within a week or two.
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Rachel Blevins–While there are a number of arguments that are used by gun control advocates, one of the most common is that individuals do not need high-powered firearms because they will not stand a chance in a war against the federal government. However, four years ago, a group of armed men and women did come together to form a militia, as referenced in the Second Amendment, and they successfully stood up to the government agencies that were infringing upon their rights.
On April 5, 2014, an ongoing land dispute between cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and the United States Bureau of Land Management hit its peak when the agency and federal law enforcement began seizing cattle owned by Bundy that they claimed were trespassing on “federally-owned” land.
The dispute first began in 1993 when Bundy refused to pay for a cattle grazing permit to use the land near his ranch in Clark County, Nevada, after the BLM claimed that he must reduce the side of his herd to 150 and that the size of land where his cattle were allowed to graze would be severely restricted. Bundy argued that the federal government does not have the authority to own large amounts of land, which launched a legal battle that continued for the next two decades.
As the Tenth Amendment Center reported, the federal government claims to own 81 percent of the land in the state of Nevada and “On the land they manage, the feds are threatening to evict tenants who refuse to pay outrageous fees.” As a result, Bundy was “the last of a dying breed, the only holdout who hasn’t been driven off land in Clark County in recent years, land his family has utilized and improved for nearly a century.”
In addition to seizing cattle, the government also began conducting heavy surveillance around the Bundy Ranch. On April 8, Cliven Bundy and his wife, Carol, told the Washington Free Beacon that more than 200 agents from the BLM and FBI were stationed around the property, armed with “automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles,” as helicopters circled overhead and agents blocked the nearby roads.
“The battle’s been going on for 20 years,” Cliven Bundy said. “What’s happened the last two weeks, the United States government, the bureaus are getting this army together and they’re going to get their job done and they’re going to prove two things. They’re going to prove they can do it, and they’re gonna prove that they have unlimited power and that they control the policing power over this public land. That’s what they’re trying to prove.”
The Bundys’ son, Dave, was arrested by federal agents for filming them near his father’s land and cited with misdemeanor counts of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest on April 6.
Lead investigator Larry Wooten revealed in December 2017 that officers involved in the arrest “bragged about roughing up Dave Bundy, grinding his face into the ground and Dave Bundy having little bits of gravel stuck in his face.” A memo from Wooten referenced a pattern of “far-reaching misconduct, recklessness and unrestrained antipathy toward the family.”
As the news spread and the public began to learn of the increasing presence of federal agents on the land, and the hundreds of cattle that were being held captive, men and women from across the United States converged on the Bundy Ranch to protest the BLM.
On April 12, hundreds of armed protestors participated in a standoff at the mouth of Gold Butte, the location where the cattle were seized. Dozens of militiamen also protested on a nearby highway overpass, causing traffic to stall for miles.
As BLM agents began to warn that they were armed with tear gas and were prepared to use it on the protesters, Las Vegas Metro Deputy Chief Tom Roberts announced that Cliven Bundy’s nearly 400 cattle would be returned within the next hour, in an effort to de-escalate the situation.
Following the standoff, Cliven Bundy continued to let his cattle graze on federal land without a permit. Although he and his sons were charged with a total of 15 counts of criminal conspiracy and other violations, all of their charges were finally dropped in December 2017.
U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that the case against the Bundy family was an example of “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct” after federal prosecutors were caught withholding evidence from defense attorneys, which violated the Brady rule. Navarro dismissed all charges “with prejudice” so that the government cannot attempt to prosecute the case again and she concluded that “a universal sense of justice was violated.”
There are a number of ways in which the standoff could have ended, but the fact that Bundy, his family, and their supporters stood up to the federal government and lived to the tell the story has stood an incredible moment in history for every American who has ever questioned by the federal government’s overreaching abuse of power.
Morejon: Well, look, Trevor, who is Hezbollah’s patron state? It’s Iran. Elizabeth McCord naively trooped off to Tehran to negotiate a nuclear deal, and she gave away our sanctions leverage. She promised us peace, and look what we got. And now she’s back with the so-called “Phase Two” of the negotiations. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to undo this disastrous Phase One, and to stop Phase Two in its tracks.
Alison: That guy has one of the most punchable faces of all time.
Jason: Well, yeah, but I mean, he kind of has a point. I mean, the bomb killed a lot of people, and then the deal just let billions of dollars flow into a hostile regime. I mean, what do– what do we get in return?
Henry: Here we go.
Jason: I’m just saying it seems like Phase One left a lot of important issues unresolved.
Elizabeth: Well, that’s because it did. By design.
Jason: Okay, so Morejon’s not entirely wrong.
Elizabeth: Iran was one month away from having a viable nuclear weapon. One month. That would have posed an existential threat to Israel, Europe and, ultimately, the United States. And the scale of the war that it would’ve taken to prevent that… Well, let’s just say instead of college, right now, you might well be thinking about the draft. That’s what we got in return.
Alison: So, you’re welcome.
Henry: The fact that these talks are happening at all, kind of history-making.
Elizabeth: We’ll see.
The world’s longest system of levees and floodways, meant to rein in the mighty Mississippi River, may actually make flooding worse.
Using tree rings and lake sediments, researchers re-created a history of flooding along the lower Mississippi River extending back to the 1500s. This paleoflood record suggests that the past century of river engineering – intended to minimize flood damage to people living along the river’s banks – has instead increased the magnitude of the largest floods by 20 percent, the researchers report April 5 in Nature.
Climate patterns that bring extra rainfall to the region don’t account for the dramatic increase in flood size, the team found. “The obvious culprit is that we have really modified the river itself,” says Samuel Munoz, a geoscientist at Northeastern University in Boston.
Settlers built the first levees on the Mississippi in the early 1800s. After a massive flood displaced hundreds of thousands of people in 1927, the U.S. government built the current system of spillways and levees. The engineering projects profoundly altered the river’s shape and sediment content. But how these changes affected the size of the river’s largest floods has been unclear, in part because water gauges have tracked the river’s flow for just 150 years.
“One of the difficult things about studying extreme floods is that you don’t get many,” says paleohydrologist Scott St. George of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, who wrote an accompanying commentary in Nature. “Floods like the one in 1927 don’t come around very often.”
Munoz and his colleagues studied tree rings and sediments from oxbow lakes to create their 500-year record of Mississippi River floods. Oxbow lakes form as a river meanders and twists across its floodplain; sometimes, a large loop becomes cut off from the main channel, forming an isolated lake. When a river’s waters rise high enough, they can spill over into the lake, dropping loads of sand and silt.
“You get deposits of river material in which the coarse stuff settles out fastest and the finer stuff is on top,” Munoz says. As evidence of past floods, the team looked for this sediment pattern in cores from three oxbow lakes. Comparing recent flood sediment sequences with those floods’ actual size, the researchers created a template for assessing the magnitude of older floods.
Identifying “flood rings” in tree-ring samples from 35 oak trees along the lower river’s floodplain helped researchers pin down the timing of the floods. When a tree is inundated, tree ring vessels – cells that transport water and nutrients – may shrink or be distributed differently within that ring, compared with in rings not affected by floods.
The researchers next considered the influence of two large weather patterns known to bring wetter conditions to the central United States – the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. The team analyzed historical data for these patterns back to the late 19th century, and reconstructed the patterns back to 1500. Those weather patterns are linked to warmer surface temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, respectively, and correlated with the timing of observed floods on the lower Mississippi. But they weren’t the whole story.
A century flood is a flood so large it only occurs about once every 100 years. Over the last 500 years, the highest water flow during a century flood has increased by 20 percent (red line). Dots represent floods tracked by tree rings and oxbow lakes, as well as instrumental data recorded after about 1900. The blue line represents how the trend would look under “climate-only” conditions, without human engineering of the river.
“The early 20th century got a lot of flooding,” but only 25 percent of the increase in flood magnitude over the past century can be explained by those climate patterns, Munoz says. The other 75 percent was probably due to the river modifications, the researchers found.
River modification is a plausible explanation for the increase in Mississippi flood extremes, St. George says. But there are other possible climate impacts, he notes, such as the fact that the area is warmer now than 150 years ago. These could also have affected rainfall and river flow in the Mississippi River basin.
Still, he says, the 500-year flood record is an important part of solving that puzzle. “It gives a long-term perspective on the Mississippi, which you really need to understand a river of its size and majesty.”
Munoz says this method of establishing a flood record that predates river gauges can be applied to other rivers, whether heavily managed or not. It could also help scientists understand how flood risks might change with increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (SN: 9/2/19, p. 14). “This approach can help take the pulse of a river and determine how unprecedented such changes might be.”
Celebrating Our 50 Years In Nationalism — A Conversation Between Dr. David Duke And Michael Walsh
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Did you know that, in 1999, the family of Dr. King won a civil lawsuit against Loyd Jowers, and against government agencies for the wrongful death of King. It was the case of the King family versus Jowers and other unknown co-conspirators.
According to a New York Times report from 1999:
“A jury in a civil suit brought by the family of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. decided today that a retired Memphis cafe owner was part of a conspiracy in the 1968 killing of Dr. King.”
“The jury’s decision means it did not believe that James Earl Ray, who was convicted of the crime, fired the shot that killed Dr. King.”
“After four weeks of testimony and one hour of deliberation, the jury in the wrongful-death case found that Loyd Jowers as well as “others, including governmental agencies,” had been part of a conspiracy. The jury awarded the King family the damages they had sought: $100, which the family says it will donate to charity.”
“The family has long questioned Mr. Ray’s conviction and hoped the suit would chane the legal and historical record of the assassination.”
“This is a vindication for us,” said Dexter King, the youngest son of Dr. King.”
“He said he hoped history books would be rewritten to reflect this version of the assassination.”
You can download the full transcript of the case HERE.
It’s the only trial that’s ever been conducted regarding the assassination of Dr. King, and it’s happened to anybody who has ever threatened the ‘Deep State,’ or what many politicians have referred to as the secret government.
“Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great staffs, both of the old parties have ganged aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them in martialling [sic] to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
The year after the trial, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report that explained they had investigated themselves and found they had done nothing wrong (it’s ok if that makes you laugh). They concluded that there was no evidence to warrant any further investigation.
Dr. King’s son issued this following after the report was issued,
“We learned only hours before the Justice Department press conference that they were releasing the report of their results of their ‘limited investigation,’ which covered only two areas of new evidence concerning the assassination of Dr. King. We had requested that we be given a copy of the report a few days in advance so that we might have had the opportunity to review it in detail…. That courtesy was not extended to us.”
Dr. King’s wife, who went through a whole lot from 1968 to 1999, shared the following statement:
“For a quarter of a century, Bill Pepper conducted an independent investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He opened his files to our family, encouraged us to speak with the witnesses, and represented our family in the civil trial against the conspirators. The jury affirmed his findings, providing our family with a long-sought sense of closure and peace, which had been denied by official disinformation and cover-ups. Now the findings of his exhaustive investigation and additional revelations from the trial are presented in the pages of this important book. We recommend it highly to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King’s assassination.” (source)
You can learn more about what went on from the King Center.
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One thing that separates Martin Luther King Jr. from modern day activists is that Martin Luther King was not an activist for just black people, or black rights. He was an activist for human rights, inspired by his belief that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
His legacy is important to carry on, and his type of peaceful activism coupled with an intelligence to spark and wake up the masses is what needs to continue today, especially in a world where our basic human rights continue to be stripped from us at an exponential rate.
Today, racism is a hot topic, and racism itself seems to be continually perpetuated, almost as if the “Deep State” thrives on our constant activism and the thought of creating separation, placing one group of people against another in constant and continual argumentation. In some cases, they may even help create it, like they did with 9/11, brainwashing the masses into accepting an infiltration of the Middle East by using actions that were created by themselves in the first place.
A more relevant example could be how corporate America has taken over policing, and the abuse of black people by the American police over the years might have been part of a plan to create a separatist movement.This has been the topic of multiple whistle blowers, like Ray Lewis, the former Captain of the Philadelphia Police Department, among multiple others.
In fact, there is ample evidence to suggest that drugs were purposefully introduced into the Ghetto’s of America to drive up the prison population, and to create more reasons to have a strict police state, drive up crime rates and more… but that’s another discussion.
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Basically, what this leads to is everybody walking on eggshells. People are scared to look at women these days, because of what’s happening with sexual harassment, or hug a child in fear of being labelled a pedophile.
This is not right, and the fact that racism, in my opinion, has improved big time, along with sexual harassment is never acknowledged. Today it seems like we’re back in the 1800’s with everything that’s gone on if all that you pay attention to is mainstream news, but we’re not, and mainstream media can easily have us believe that we are. They seem to be able to manipulate our perception so easily, with so many different topics for so many different purposes. Imagine if we never talked about racism, what if we consider the idea that many racial events, like the example with the police used above, are actually purposefully being done, and used by the global elite? Sort of like a false flag? Do we really need to protest here? Do we really need to have gay pride parades? Should it not just be normal by now to the point where these types of demonstrations are not needed? I don’t know. The answer is not black and white on either side, but based on my experience, I personally have not come across racism in my own life, but I’ve seen a lot of it portrayed in the media.
This does not mean it doesn’t exists, it clearly exists, but the point I am making is that it’s a learned, brainwashed type of stance to take.
An ‘Us Verses Them’ Type of Mentality
It seems, in America at least, a black vs. white mentality has been created, another creation of an us vs. them type of movement.
This is also portrayed by the fact that mainstream media completely vilified Donald Trump, calling him racist and sexist, and, as a result, used blame as a distraction, which is something that keeps us in the exact same cycle of the things we are trying to change about our world.
This doesn’t work, and is also something MLK Jr. would, in my opinion, not condone.
As MLK Jr. once said himself,
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
The American Empire has no doubt created a state of mass fear using various topics, perhaps the biggest one being terrorism. The desired outcome is a heightened national security state, one in which almost all of our rights are taken away, many already have been, like the right to privacy.
A great quote comes to mind here, and one that MLK Jr. would no doubt resonate with,
“The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” – Mark Twain (source)
I also touched upon this when the Dalai Lama spoke up about the brainwashing of society: More Hard Hitting Words From The Dalai Lama About The Mass Brainwashing of Society
The Takeaway Message
The takeaway message here is that the world will always be filled with activists and revolutionaries. Activism in several different fields will always receive a harsh response to those who have gained a mass amount of power, and used this power to push the envelope, as JFK told us, “to the very limits of secrecy and censorship.” (source)
Activism has the power to shift human consciousness, and so do small groups of people with mass marketing, and mainstream media. We are constantly living in a world where groups of elite are battling for our consciousness, and again, our perception of what’s going on with regards to many topics is continually manipulated.
MLK Jr. was changing perceptions away from the one that was desired from the Deep State.
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for a disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”
– President Eisenhower
As mentioned above, another great example is ‘fake news’ and the mass amount of censorship on information that’s happening right now. They are censoring any information that does not come from mainstream media.
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The bottom line is, a small group of corporations and the people who run them control all of our information, and what type of information is presented to us. This is beginning to change, and now they’re trying to take back power and prevent anyone with a voice from speaking out.
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It seems the message of love, cooperation, and understanding – things that resonate with the masses – always receive a harsh response, and that’s because these are the things that have the power to change our world and transform human consciousness.
The power of thought and ideas can transform the world in an instant, all it takes is a spark of information or a catalyst for the masses to wake up and ‘see’ what’s really going on, King was a great example of that. This is why our King’s, our John Lennon’s, our Tupac Shakur’s and several other ‘revolutionaries’ throughout history have all had such mysteries deaths, and a hard time with regards to how they’re portrayed by the global elite.
Today, there are too many Martin Luther King’s out there for the Deep State to really do anything about it.
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