Return Of The King

What would have happened if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hadn’t died four decades ago? How would MLK Jr. have responded to our modern America?

Aaron McGruder’s animated series, The Boondocks, presents a possible series of events that might have come to pass if Dr. King had only been in a coma after the shooting, instead of dead.

Boondocks Episode 9 – Return of the King

McGruder, with his usual “no one gets out alive” style of social sarcasm, shows Dr. King’s “dream” awakening into a modern “nightmare.”

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8 Responses to “Return Of The King”

  1. Aafke Says:

    I really enjoyed this!

  2. jonolan Says:

    No problem. Aafke. I saw this a while ago and was waiting for today to post it.

  3. No Compromises Says:

    Hi Jonolan,

    I haven’t commented on your site forever! I have to do a better job at getting out and around.

    Oy Vie! I know this is suppose to be “funny,” but on a more serious note: I was talking to my spouse the other day about MLK. I pondered, that if MLK was alive today he would be the flaming Social Engineer that most of his followers are today as well as was his wife.

    After watching this vid I can’t believe the our fifth branch of the gov’t., the media, would ever call MLK a “Hate American Traitor”, because he said, “Turn the other cheek!” They wouldn’t have been able to place him on a pedestal fast enough after that statement.

    I will concede that had he been in a coma and woke up to this mess he would be in culture shock, but we all know that if truth be told and he lived, no coma, not being shot, he would be a Socialist today! That’s what is truly sad.

    If his followers really believed what he said when he wanted to be judged by the content of his character rather than his skin color then we would see so much less of the whining about how blacks are treated. I need to go find some Bill Cosby quotes because he seems to be one of few out there who really did get what MLK was saying!

    It really is hard for me to believe, though, that MLK wouldn’t be a socialist today. That’s sad.

  4. jonolan Says:

    Actually MLK was always a Democratic Socialist. He believed in a Democratic political system but a Socialist economic system. He would be Socialist today because he was a Socialist then.

    MLK was heavily disparaged because of both his Socialist economic theories and because he adamantly opposed the Viet Nam war. The media at that time vilified him for it and many of his supporters distanced themselves from him over the issue.

    People always remember his “I Have A Dream” speech, but they conveniently forget his later “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech. In the speech he spoke strongly against the U.S.’s role in the war, insisting that the U.S. was in Vietnam “to occupy it as an American colony” and calling the U.S. government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”

    A year later – to the day – he was assassinated.

  5. No Compromises Says:

    It would be great to post that speech for all to read. I get so sick of all the hoopla over MLK and the whole victim status for manipulative purposes!

  6. jonolan Says:

    No Compromises,

    LOL I’ve done you one better. I posted not only the transcript of Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence but the full video of the speech as well. 😉

  7. Cocoy's Delight Says:

    Martin Luther was an icon,What would be written in history if he was not assassinated.Jfk became famous after his assassination.Do America need to assassinate people to brought the in the hall of fame.

    Thanks for commenting on my site.Maybe,we can tap ours together.

  8. jonolan Says:

    I think that, much like JFk, MLK has been reduced to a “soundbite.” People have chosen to forget the men and remember just a frozen moment of their lives.

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