**UPDATE: Professor Farley has been through all of your comments and replied with a fresh post here.**
Hi there – Chloe here.
The black vote has been fiercely fought over by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the recent US primary’s. Obama secured almost 80 per cent of African American Democrat votes to win in South Carolina on Saturday, as he continues to talk about the legacy of Martin Luther King to the call for change.
But did the late Dr King and the civil rights movement fail African Americans? You may remember Ros mentioned this story in Friday’s email. An article by a former Martin Luther King Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was published in the Guardian newspaper here with the title ” I Have a Nightmare”. Professor Jonathan Farley argues that the “aims and the character of the civil rights movement were flawed”. He says “it is time we all admitted our mistake. A black King did not redeem us. And neither will a black president.”
One of the central criticisms made by Professor Farley is that the approach of the civil rights movement was wrong, “the movement should never have been about integration. It should have been about demanding the respect that is due to free human beings…….What’s the value in begging for the right to spend money in a store owned by a racist who would rather kill you than serve you?”
Is he right? Was King’s non- violent approach the way to achieve equal rights? Farley says not, “Despite our love affair with King, African-Americans are not a non-violent people. Black Americans kill 5,000 other black people every year. (Instead of urging us to love our enemies, King should have taught us to love ourselves.)”
What did King achieve? Have equal rights been achieved? What more needs to be done?
Speak to you later.