Fifty years since 'I have a dream….' Who is like MLK now?

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  • aP
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    CMD of course.

    mrmoofo
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    Obama – and his progressive view of world politics and where American sits ….

    Or maybe not!

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    Jesse Jackson?

    warton
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    Miley Cyrus?

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    Luther Vandross?

    torsoinalake
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    Peter Andre

    hammyuk
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    Walter and Achmed…..

    gordimhor
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    Desmond Tutu is another example. Can’t see any UK politician worthy of comparison. Then again MLK wasn’t a politician . Obama has been a bit of a disappointment in foreign policy terms. Can’t think why but CMD and Ed Millipede remind me of another icon …the pantomime horse I am not sure who is at which end.

    ernie_lynch
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    Reginald D. Hunter

    allthepies
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    Junkyard ?

    mogrim
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    MLK wasn’t a politician

    Yes he was. He just didn’t run for elections.

    Hard to think of an equivalent right now, some of the south American politicians like Lulu or Morales perhaps?

    glupton1976
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    Depending on what Hassan Rouhani does in the next few years it could be him.

    mrmoofo
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    gordimhor
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    I can’t think of anyone …certainly not in the UK. Nelson Mandela obviously ….but is there anyone up and coming. MLK become well known outside the US after his speech. So is there someone who might step up to a similar level?

    gordimhor
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    dog food? moofo

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    Tony Blair. Or as we like to call him, Peacebringer.

    bobnitro
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    Howard Moon

    peterfile
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    A few years ago when I was living in a nice hotel, Clarence B Jones checked in with his (grown up) son. Jones wrote MLK’s famous speeches and was his lawyer.

    While his dad was here on business, I took his son under my wing and showed him the best Glasgow had to offer 🙂 It was a very very drunken few days and the guy was an absolute legend 🙂

    brakes
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    George Galloway

    gordimhor
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    Scotroutes you must have misheard that. Surely it was ‘giespeace’.

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    Different situation now though, isn’t it?

    gordimhor
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    Shermer75+1

    Aung San Suu Kyi

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    Cameron, with ‘I have a dream; I see millions of poor people on zero hour contracts, slaving away for my Bullingdon Millionaire chums, whilst the old, frail and handicapped starve to death on the streets’.

    I’m pretty sure that will be their tag line for the next election.

    Junkyard
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    Junkyard ?

    I am not even half the man he was, not even close.

    But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

    I would have been a black Panther and quite angry fighty if that shit had been done to me and my people [ in my youth anyway]
    the full transcript and audio is here [ not listened to the audio
    It really is worth hearing the speech in its entiriety [ I had never doen this but heard it on Radio 4 today [ with parts voiced by different people.
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

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    Richard Dawkins. 😀

    gordimhor
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    First one to really make me think yes muppetwrangler though Rouhani is a possibility too . What about the Dalai Llama?

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    For a serious answer – no one.
    Humanity has changed for the worse.
    True idealism has been usurped by the corporate and personal legitimacy of greed and banality.

    The person who steps forward and attempts to lead a popular movement to abolish the Indian caste system will be worthy of the comparison.
    But I think we’ll have to wait a few generations for that.

    johnellison
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    Count Arthur Strong or John Shuttleworth

    TurnerGuy
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    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-nXT8lSnPQ[/video]

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    Turnerguy and muppetWrangler have it in my opinion. I also think that every time someone speaks up against prejudice of any sort, maybe they are have just a little bit of Martin Luther King or Gandhi in them…

    athgray
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    What about Aung San Suu Kyi? Trying to advance Burmese democracy whilst spending much of the last 20 years under house arrest.

    gordimhor
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    Remember that image very well TurnerGuy. That guy truly had/has balls of steel.

    craigxxl
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    Every young girl standing up for their rights to education and be treated equal without the protection of the media at the time.

    gordimhor
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    Good point about people speaking up. This song is called The Silent Majority.

    breatheeasy
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    Tim Berners-Lee – the internet is now the focal point, not a particular person. Hopefully it is more powerful too as many many more people can participate or indeed just learn of the struggles of others.

    Information itself will ultimately be the next ‘leader’.

    gordimhor
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    The Internet is only a tool it can be used to promote free speech and to stifle free speech.

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