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Reflections on the Film “Selma” and the Recent Martin Luther King Holiday

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COMMENT: The recent Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. hol­i­day and the film “Sel­ma” bring to mind a num­ber of things.

King was a remark­able man–the real deal, in a way that is sore­ly missed.

Polit­i­cal come­di­an Mort Sahl (one of New Orleans DA Jim Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tors dur­ing his inves­ti­ga­tion of the JFK assas­si­na­tion) observed in 1995: “In the ’60’s, we had Mar­tin Luther King with ‘I have a dream.’ Now, we have Jesse Jack­son with ‘I have a scheme.’ 

Indeed.

With the so-called “pro­gres­sive” sec­tor in thrall to Al Sharpton–alleged by War­ren Hinck­le in the San Fran­cis­co Exam­in­er (a major urban dai­ly news­pa­per at the time) to have worked for the CIA in Grenada–the con­trast between the shal­low, inflam­ma­to­ry “Rev­erend Al’s” cheesy rhetoric and gar­ish styling and the elo­quent, dig­ni­fied, inspired and inspir­ing King could not be more dra­mat­ic.

It is also very, very sad to note how peo­ple will cel­e­brate King’s life and ignore the deeply con­spir­a­to­r­i­al cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his death.

One of the sig­na­ture inci­dents in the civ­il rights move­ment of the 1960’s was the bomb­ing of the 16th Street Bap­tist Church in Birm­ing­ham, Alaba­ma. The bomb­ing was one of the events depict­ed in the film “Sel­ma.”

In AFA #8 [8], we not­ed the evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries between that bomb­ing and the assas­si­na­tion of Dr. King. Oth­ers were dis­cussed in AFA #9 [9]. Some points made about Dr. King’s slay­ing in our archives: