This was NOT the Dream!

What these last four years of resistance against state terrorism and all other forms of institutional anti-Blackness has taught me, is that nothing is new. NOTHING is new. BLM has arisen like the phoenix from birds still flying. We have simply been robbed of our collective histories of resistance. They have been buried, white-washed, sanitized, or concealed altogether by white supremacist forces that know that their only hope is to co-opt our resistance and sterilize our rage. Fuck them. They don’t own Martin—just as they will NEVER own BLM.

Martin is not theirs.

Martin is radical.

Martin is collectivism.

Martin is anti-capitalistic.

Martin is anti-imperialist.

Martin is pro-Black.

Martin is RECLAIMED!

BLM Sacramento proudly reclaims the radical legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our city has long held the 365MLK March for the Dream to “…bring people from diverse backgrounds together to build authentic bonds of human understanding and value.” Hmm. Sounds lovely, but let’s look a bit closer. What does that vague message actually mean for Black Sacramentans? Who benefits from this march? Who is further marginalized? The answers to these questions lie in who sponsors the march. Corporations. Law enforcement. City government. The same institutions that were created to exploit Black labor, criminalize Black existence, and legislate Black death.

Martin’s cooptation is purposeful. They speak peace as they enact violence, and expect the people will remain passive if they shroud themselves in the cloak of his immense love. Martin did not walk with police, he was their target. Martin did not side with local, state, or federal governments, he protested, trespassed, and occupied them. Martin did not uplift corporations, instead, he critiqued capitalism as inherently immoral. The original organizers of this march may have truly wanted to elevate Dr. King’s name, but fell short when they invited his murderers.

For the record, Martin would have objected to a great many things in our community. He would have demonstrated against Sacramento PD for hunting and killing Dazion Flenaugh and Joseph Mann—in fact—he’d have been sitting next to Black leadership as they were arrested in protest. He would have shut down City Council for their inhumane attacks against unhoused folx, and would have boycotted the businesses that supported the erasure of safe public space—which disproportionally affects Black unhoused community members. He would have never wanted his name attached to organizations that profit from Black suffering. Never.

BLM Sacramento is honored by the histories of Black Power and Resistance. 2018 Freedom Fighters are indebted to Martin’s sacrifice and won’t watch his truth be coopted and tainted by white supremacy in Sacramento. Come march with BLM next Monday January 15th to uphold these truths that are self-evident:

“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? ...It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We’ve got to camp in – put our tents in front of the White House …We’ve got to make it known that until our problem is solved, America may have many, many days but they will be full of trouble. There will be no rest, there will be no tranquility in this country until the nation comes to terms with our problem.”

~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”

~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Noncooperation with evil is just as much a moral duty as is cooperation with good.”

~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Upcoming BLM Sacramento Events:

JAN 13 * Sat 6 PM

Know Your Rights While Being Black Pt 1

Sacramento Public Library - Belle Cooledge

 

JAN 13 * Sat 6 PM

Emergency Black Sacramento

Sacramento Public Library - Belle Cooledge

 

JAN 15 * Mon 9:30 AM

Annual Reclaim MLK: This Was Not The Dream!

Safeway (1025 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA)

 

FEB 17 * Sat 12 PM

Freedom DAY: Freedom School Special Session for Black Families

Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento (UUSS)

 

MAR 3 * Sat 6 PM

Whose Streets? Our Streets! Alternatives to Police!

Sacramento Public Library – Arcade

 

 

 

 


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