Viet Nam was a far away land that most in the States had never heard of before. In the 1960’s the world was huge, no internet or cable to link us. The fortunate among us that could travel the world at that time could see what the rest of could not see. In his April 4th, 1967 speech Beyond Viet Nam made at Riverside church in New York City, Rev. Dr. King broke with many in his camp and outside of his camp. Dr. King in his speech says that he was queried by his people “Why are you speaking about the war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent?” “Peace and civil rights don’t mix,” they say. “Aren’t you hurting the cause of your people?” Dr. King could read the signs that others could not (or did not want to for their own agenda) and as he says “Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live.”
Clearly, the people could not read the signs. Clearly, the people did not understand that our struggles of that time were interconnected to the struggles of others the world over. Today we are at this same crossroads and such the same mental delimna still exists. That old and visible enemy of racism is still with us, but now racism/white supremacy are revealed as only one of many in this theater of war against the people. The landscape has changed and now our bodies are on the line. Putting you right back into slavery. Today we face off with the industries of death, the food and wellness industries.
The difficult task of attempting to awaken people from the slumber of chasing down racism/white supremacy is that these two creatures are obvious to those that know and understand what they are seeing, but the enemy that is first and foremost is cloaked behind your own tastes and wants. The industries of disease (medical practice/big pharma), wellness (diet industries) and death (biochemical/agricultural/insurance) have been exposed as they major chronic enemy of human life. The focus on racism/white supremacy keeps one deluded and facing away from the real enemy of the people. If I could imagine that Dr. King and El Hajj Malik El Shabazz were alive today, I believe they would understand that the demons of racism/white supremacy are only little players in the denigration of our lives. They demonstrated their understanding of a changing battle field and would adapt and teach the people how to overcome our current state.