The Latest Perversion of Martin Luther King Jr.? Invoking His Legacy to Defend Means-Testing

Source: In These Times
by Eli Day

“Whatever centrists pleading for moderation tell themselves, they are not on the side of Dr. King or the Poor People’s Campaign. For those who share King’s social-democratic convictions, that makes it especially important to call nonsense on efforts to scramble his radical legacy into something more popular — and benign — than it ever was during his actual life. Without it, the ‘Disneyfication’ of King will surely continue. Take social programs. In last week’s Democratic debate, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was asked about his rejection of free universal higher public education in favor of his more modest program. Buttigieg saw an opportunity to invoke Dr. King’s legacy, and he took it.” (01/16/23)