(AllHipHop News) Yesterday (Jan. 17), Michael “Killer Mike” Render joined Bernie Sanders (who is currently campaigning for the presidency), Senator Nina Turner, and Dr. Colonel West at Charleston, South Carolina. They came together for a panel discussion to collectively share their perspective on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As the discussion progressed Killer Mike would speak on a variety of topics. The wise wordsmith spoke on how it wasn’t until later in his life that he learned about Dr. King’s radical nature. He also challenged a skewed historic view which has tried to compartmentalize Dr. King’s actions.
“I have been mentored directly by Andrew Young, Joseph Lowery, Ralph David Abernathy III, and others that were directly involved with Dr. King…We have been sold a load of crock,” he expressed. “We have been given a pretty, little compartment to put Dr. King in that says ‘No matter how much you hurt. No matter how much we stigmatize you. No matter how much we traumatize you, we beat you. As radical as you could go is nonviolence.’ And that’s about where it is. It never talks about the social justice aspect of Dr. King.”
As Killer Mike began to run his jewels of wisdom he acknowledged that a white woman taught him about Dr. King’s radical nature. “Alice Johnson was a white woman and my mentor, from Chicago,” said the respected lyricist. “She was the first person to introduce me to the radically different ideas of King that directly challenged establishment. They challenged the military-industrial complex. They challenged this country to feed and take care of its poor and mentally ill in a different way…And I had never heard of that. I just heard in school ‘Be nonviolent.’ It was all about desegregation. It absolutely was not only about desegregation.”
As the conversation continued Killer Mike would make a startling comparison. He claimed that the same issues for which Bernie Sanders is campaigning are the same ones’s that prompted the civil rights activist’s death. “He was killed for many of the same reasons this man [Bernie Sanders] is campaigning for. He was killed because he spoke against the military-industrial complex,”
Why does history choose to only champion parts of Dr. King’s legacy?