How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfil de book.
Bob Marley – “Redemption Song”
How long shall they kill our prophets
In the past year, American media reexamined the “suicide letter.” This was a typewritten, anonymous letter purporting to come from a disenchanted civil rights activist in 1964. In fact, it was written by William Sullivan, a high-ranking official in the FBI. It threatened to expose Dr. King for his extramarital affairs. The FBI obtained knowledge of these affairs in the course of their surveillance of Dr. King. The final paragraph reads…
“King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significant. [I believe this was related to when Dr. King would receive the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.] You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.”
The New Message from God uses the word Knowledge to describe the part of a person that is immune to seduction, persuasion, manipulation, blackmail. One of the steps in the book Steps to Knowledge is Step 89, “My emotions cannot dissuade my Knowledge.” I assert that Dr. King’s emotions could not, did not dissuade his Knowledge. History shows that Dr. King was not dissuaded by the “suicide letter”
What did Dr. King know? I claim that he shared what he knew in the 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech.
“In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”
How long shall they kill our prophets? As long as the prophets declare what they know.
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