I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.That line went against everything that King stood for"”which could be expressed as 1. race; 2. race; and 3. race"”which is why Levison wrote it. He knew that millions of people were going to hear the speech live on radio and TV, and that King's journalistic shills needed a pull quote to stand for the entire speech for the tens of millions who would only know the speech through journalistic accounts and TV news snippets. So he used something quintessentially American, to make King seem less threatening, less racist, and less anti-American than he actually was.
The MSM have long suppressed the matter of King's relationships with communists, and even some of his critics see him merely as having been a dupe of communists. King was a frequent participant, as was Rosa Parks, at training sessions at the Highlander Folk School, which was founded and run by Myles Horton. Horton was an admitted communist who told comrades that he never joined the Communist Party USA solely so that he could deny that he was a Party member.
Longtime communist Stanley Levison had been a member of the Communist Party USA, but had officially left the Party, apparently in order to have plausible deniability, but remained always a communist. During the early 1960s, King also hired CPUSA member Hunter Pitts "Jack" O'Dell as a high-ranking aide.
In a private conversation at the White House, President Kennedy ordered King to fire O'Dell, due to the latter's Communism, and King said he would, but he lied. The FBI, working under the aegis of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, soon determined that King had merely moved O'Dell to a different office within the same building. King's communist connections are too lengthy to detail here, but the late Arnold Stang discussed them in the chapter "Life Among the Eskimos" in his 1965 work, It's Very Simple: The True Story of Civil Rights.
In any event, King wasn't vaguely "linked" to communists; he gladly surrounded himself with them. When King was publicly challenged regarding the proliferation of communists (big and little "c") within the civil rights movement, he famously responded,
"There are as many Communists in this freedom movement as there are Eskimos in Florida."FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover countered that King was,
"the most notorious liar in the country."Thereafter, Arnold Stang sardonically referred to King as "The King of the Eskimos"!
(Some retellings of the story say that Hoover was responding to King's charge that the FBI was indifferent to civil rights violations, with chroniclers citing the Bureau's success, in 1964, at finding the bodies of murdered civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, solving that crime, and arresting suspects, and in 1965 of immediately solving the Alabama murder of white civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo.)
On April 4, 1967, King gave a speech, "Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break Silence," at New York City's notoriously leftwing, Upper West Side Riverside Church, in which he denounced America as "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government," and the killer of women and children.
The speech was such pure, and interminable propaganda on behalf of the North Vietnamese Communists that it would not surprise me in the least, if it had been written in Hanoi, brought to America by courier in a diplomatic pouch, and revised by Stanley Levison.
(Gregory Allen Olson reports that Vincent Harding was the principal author of the speech, with help from Andrew Young, John Maguire, et al., but still I wonder.)
It was supposedly an "anti-war" speech, on behalf of "peace" in Vietnam. Peace? Ha! King sought the peace of the graveyard. He wasn't opposing the war, he was supporting the war aims of the North Vietnamese, and the triumph of Communism, i.e., the triumph of slavery, rapine, and genocide.
Note that the so-called peace movement which King championed hijacked the "V" (for victory) symbol made popular during World War II. Logically, it makes no sense that "V" can stand for "P." But it makes perfect sense if one realizes that the "peace" activists did support victory ... for the Communists.
The notion that America was the world's greatest perpetrator of violence, and a killer of women and children, was a pure projection of the Communists, who sought to subjugate the entire world, and had so far succeeded in enslaving one-third of it. It was the Communists who were routinely murdering women and children in South Vietnam.
King's speech was so traitorous that even many erstwhile liberal allies in the press, and even the White House, denounced him in public and private. (Much of what was then considered "liberal" would today be considered "moderate", or even "conservative.")
The New York Times attacked King for comparing U.S. military tactics to the Nazis'; Life came down even harder, labeling the speech "demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi." Many in the White House thought King had "thrown in with the commies. "Historian Lloyd C. Gardner quotes Johnson aide Harry McPherson as saying that King was now "the crown prince of the Vietniks." [Landmark Speeches of the Vietnam War, by Gregory Allen Olson, 2010.]The Washington Post judged that King had "diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people." In the process of blackwashing all of King's wickedness since he was assassinated, and transforming his treason into virtue, this communist speech has been reinterpreted into a morally prophetic stand. In it, King:
To them I ask, can one vigorously, mindlessly, promote a belief—as opposed to promoting the right of others to believe it—without oneself being a believer? The only alternative I see left, that could make room for communism in a subordinate position, while promoting black race politics, could be called black supremacy or black racial socialism.
It is from the position of just such an ideological mix of black supremacy and Marxism that James H. Cone, the founder of genocidal Black Liberation Theology (to which the Obamas adhere), argued in Martin and Malcolm and America: A Dream or a Nightmare, that at the end of their respective lives, King and X/Little/Shabazz were converging ideologically. Thus, while one can honestly dispute that King was a communist, the alternative interpretation is at least as bad. "Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break Silence," the text of Martin Luther King Jr.'s April 4, 1967 Riverside Church Speech.