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AlmostThere
01-18-2010, 03:44 PM
A man MLK obviously greatly admired was W.E.B. DuBois.

From one of the MANY web sites that show Du Bois in glowing terms, comes the following:
Throughout his career he moved steadily to the political left. By 1905 he had been drawn to socialist ideas and remained sympathetic to Marxism throughout his life. Dubois acted in support of integration and equal rightsfor everyone regardless of race, but his thinking often exhibited a degree of black separatist-nationalist tendencies. In 1961 Dubois became completely disillusioned with the United States. He moved to Ghana, joined the Communist Party, and a year later renounced his American citizenship.

In 1953 DuBois wrote a tribute to Joesph Stalin in The National Guardian.

“Joseph Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature. He was simple, calm and courageous. He seldom lost his poise; pondered his problems slowly, made his decisions clearly and firmly; never yielded to ostentation nor coyly refrained from holding his rightful place with dignity. He was the son of a serf but stood calmly before the great without hesitation or nerves. But also - and this was the highest proof of his greatness - he knew the common man, felt his problems, followed his fate.”


Shortly before his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King spoke at an event honoring W.E.B. Du Bois. This is a portion of his comments.

“We cannot talk of Dr. Du Bois without recognizing that he was a radical all of his life. Some people would like to ignore the fact that he was a Communist in his later years. It is worth noting that Abraham Lincoln warmly welcomed the support of Karl Marx during the Civil War and corresponded with him freely. In contemporary life, the English speaking world has no difficulty with the fact that Sean O’Casey was a literary giant of the twentieth century and a Communist, or that Pablo Neruda is generally considered the greatest living poet though he also served in the Chilean Senate as a Communist. It is time to cease muting the fact that Dr. Du Bois was a genius and chose to be a Communist. Our irrational obsessive anti-communism has led us into too many quagmires to be retained as if it were a mode of scientific thinking. …Dr. Du Bois' greatest virtue was his committed empathy with all the oppressed and his divine dissatisfaction with all forms of injustice.”


I seem to recall a quote that starts off with "Show me your friends and I'll...."


This is the man we honor today?

MountainMan
01-18-2010, 03:45 PM
This needs to be in General Discussion, don't you think with the political overtones? :rolleyes:

linda22003
01-18-2010, 03:48 PM
This is the man we honor today?

You don't have to. Feel free to go to work.

obx
01-18-2010, 03:50 PM
Today I am honoring the birthday of Robert E. Lee. It is really tomorrow,but I like to start early.
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lacarnut
01-18-2010, 03:59 PM
You don't have to. Feel free to go to work.

If the government in DC would shut down more often, we would be in a hell of a lot better shape.

linda22003
01-18-2010, 04:01 PM
Could be, but it backfired on Newt back in December of '95.

lacarnut
01-18-2010, 04:19 PM
Could be, but it backfired on Newt back in December of '95.

Newt was so frigging stupid to announce that he was pissed because Clinton made him sit at the back of the plane. That went over big with the public. Not. Cry babies like him can go pound sand.

Troll
01-18-2010, 05:45 PM
A man MLK obviously greatly admired was W.E.B. DuBois.

Another man he obviously greatly admired was Dr. Jack Boozer.

http://www.snopes.com/history/american/mlking.asp


King included in his dissertation a good deal of material taken verbatim from a variety of other sources without proper attribution (or any attribution at all) an act which constitutes plagiarism by any reasonable academic standard.


In 1991 a Boston University investigatory committee concluded that King had plagiarized portions of his doctoral dissertation