Diluting the King
The Mainstream Media, then and now, obfuscate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s true message and his complete legacy. In America, we have an ingrained habit of grinding down the sharp edges of our history, making it far more palatable and "mainstream." Thus, the Founding Fathers have been recast from Revolutionaries to, somehow, conservatives, in spite of their actual radicalism in overthrowing the fundamental basis of government (the Divine Right of Kings) for the preceding 1,000 years. The Civil War was for decades, and to a lesser extent even today, stripped of any racial context, to the extent that many still claim that the war had "nothing to do with slavery," which is akin to saying WWII had nothing to do with fascism. So it is with MLK, Jr. Now that he has been brought into the "mainstream" with a National Holiday, his radicalism and his message of economic freedom is muffled by the same media that taunted and ignored him while he lived.