King’s other dream

"[…] There is at the outset a very obvious and
almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle I
and others have been waging in America. A few years ago there was a
shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real
promise of hope for the poor, both black and white, through the poverty
program. There were experiments, hopes, new beginnings. Then came the
buildup in Vietnam, and I watched this program broken and eviscerated
as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on
war. And I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or
energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like
Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic,
destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the
war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such. […]"

"Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" (background)

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