Comparison of MLK to Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael ‘outrageous’
I am writing in response to Nathaniel Myers’ letter, “We must continue to demand justice for all,” which appeared in the June 19 issue of the Chronicle.
I was dismayed by the content of the letter. Mr. Myers aligns the peaceful protests of Martin Luther King, one of the great heroes of our nation, with the protests and philosophies of Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael — an outrageous comparison.
Malcolm X was a leader of the Nation of Islam, an organization that has been accurately accused of being anti-white, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT. Today’s leader of the Nation of Islam is Louis Farrakhan, a renowned anti-Semite who has called Jews “termites” and declared any comparisons between himself and Hitler a compliment because “Hitler was a great man.”
Stokely Carmichael, who founded SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) in the 1960s, soon tired of nonviolence and aligned himself with the Black Panthers, a violent movement that advocated murdering the police and even members of its own group who did not fully embrace its orthodoxy.
These are the men and movements Mr. Myers praises, stating Dr. King’s eloquence wouldn’t have achieved civil rights legislation without the protests and civil unrest these two men championed.
He then moves on to support for Black Lives Matter, an organization whose leaders have publicly said their goal is to topple our capitalist system and institute Marxism. Leaders who claim they will get their way, peacefully or if they have to burn down the country to succeed. They are an organization that doesn’t tolerate discussion of dissent. Dare to say, “All Lives Matter,” and be shunned or worse.
This organization is cleverly hiding behind racial equality but they are as racist as the Black Panthers and as anti-Semitic as the Nation of Islam. I wish that people would accept the peaceful and unifying words and deeds of Dr. Martin Luther King and reject the intolerant and violence of Black Lives Matter. We are all important and everyone’s life matters.