What Would Martin Luther King, Jr. Say About Barack Obama and Cory Booker?
We don’t have to guess. Dr. King already made his statement on such politicians in the piece “The Black Power Defined,” June 11, 1967
“The majority of Negro political leaders do not
ascend to prominence on the shoulders of mass support.
Although genuinely popular leaders are now
emerging, most are still selected by white leadership,
elevated to position, supplied with resources and
inevitably subjected to white control. The mass of Negroes
nurtures a healthy suspicion toward this manufactured
leader, who spends little time in persuading them
that he embodies personal integrity, commitment and
ability and offers few programs and less service.
Tragically, he is in too many respects not a fighter for a new
life but a figurehead of the old one. “
Martin Luther King, Jr.