Friday, January 15, 2010

Remembering Martin Luther King

Today, January the 15th, marks the 81st birthday anniversary of Martin Luther King, an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the civil rights movement.

He is a symbol for civil disobedience all over the world and I make a tribute to him on his birthday every year. For this year I'd like to share with you one of his most moving and critical speeches made just before his assassination: "Martin Luther King, "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" (It's a long one, but I promise it's well worth the listen)

6 comments:

ed said...

Don't sully the name of Martin Luther King Seelan.

He was fighting against white exclusivity and wouldn't take kindly to the stance taken by the local opposition against 'swarming foreigners'. It's one thing to demand that local jobs be offered to locals first, and another to treat foreigners as 'swarms' diluting local culture, and being denied equal rights, etc. Remember the article you put up about the Indian father and his child in a classroom full of Indian nationals?

And keep in mind that you are silent in the face of the opposition's demonising of foreigners along cultural, etc, lines. During the times of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, the NAACP, Black Panthers, amongst others, the local oppositional attitude would have been that of the white supremacists, and everything Martin Luther King agitated against.

Seelan Palay said...

Hi ed, thank you for your comments but myself and several others don't always understand what you mean.

Anonymous said...

Dear Seelan,

I think what ed meant to say is that the discourse which you seemingly encourage with regards to the influx of PRs and foreign workers into Singapore would border upon racial discrimination, and that MLK would say 'no' to all forms of racial discrimination.

Regards.

Seelan Palay said...

I do not encourage discriminatory behavior of any kind, though I should make clear my thoughts on the "foreign talent" issue sometime soon to avoid any confusion.

Nyved said...

You are also forgetting Mahatma Gandhi.

It would be nice to have quotes and speeches of the great man here too :)

Seelan Palay said...

Hi Nyved, I will make a tribute post to Gandhi on his birthday in October.

If you click on the "Tributes" category on the right you'll see those that I've done before.