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 Robert F. Williams on Martin Luther King.. 1967, Beijing Review

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Today is the Martin Luther King holiday. Much is made about Dr. King’s commitment to non-violence as a moral principle. While praising Dr. King’s stance, imperialists are bombing and starving the Third World into submission. Toward the end of his life, Dr. King became increasingly critical of the United States. Dr. King said that the United States government was ”the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” It is no surprise that the imperialists shape the King narrative to their own liking; they omit Dr. King’s sharper criticisms of the United States — as if Dr. King spoke nothing but four words throughout his political life. It is no surprise that Obama’s myth makers are busy creating links between the two men, even as Obama takes over the reigns of the bloodiest state on Earth. MSH rejects such dishonest approaches to history.

Mao’s approach to social change was very different than Dr. King’s.  Reformists often reject all violence on moral grounds. Maoism-Third Worldism rejects unscientific approaches. As Mao said:

“Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly and modestly.”

Even so, violent approaches in countries like the United States, at present, amount to focoism. Over and over, focoism has been proven to be a dismal failure in the First World. Groups such as the Weather Underground (U$A), the Black Liberation Army (U$A), the Red Army Faction (Germany), the Red Brigades, (Italy),  etc. failed. Many brave revolutionaries died pursuing such a terrible strategy. Maoist-Third Worldists don’t pursue suicidal strategies. Maoists- Third Worldists have confidence that conditions will change in the future, placing revolution on the table in the First World. Until then, it makes little sense to engage First World states militarily. For small pockets of revolutionaries in the First World to do so is suicidal. Rather, Maoist-Third Worldists have strategic confidence in the Third World.


Here it Robert F. Williams’ article from Beijing Review:

“Inspiration to the Afro-American Struggle

August 8 was the 4th anniversary of Chairman Mao’s statement supporting the Afro-Americans in their struggle racial discrimination by U.S. imperialism. In a statement, Afro-American leader Robert F. Williams said that Chairman Mao is the first world leader to elevate the Afro-American struggle to the fold of world revolution. Inspired by Chairman Mao’s statement, the Afro-American people are more and more turning to armed resistance.

Williams’ statement says that the nature and intensity of the present struggle of the oppressed Black people presents undeniable evidence of the impact of Mao Tse-tung’s thought on the oppressed people of the world. The Afro-American people, like their oppressed brothers throughout the world, have been inspired to raise their level of struggle to a new revolutionary height.

‘The phony movement of passive resistance is being thoroughly discredited and more and more the oppressed Black people are turning to armed revolutionary resistance. As the Afro-American liberation movement engulfs and enflames major American cities, the Johnson Administration becomes ever more frantic and brutal in its desperate efforts to repress the heroic uprisings. It is resorting to to arbitrary and vicious arrests of thousands of Black people and their leaders. It is dispatching thousands of troops armed with modern weapons of war to murder and maim the long suffering victims of fascist tyranny.’

‘The tide of the Afro-American freedom struggle cannot be stemmed. Johnson’s savage repressive measures amount to no more than: ‘lifting a rock only to drop it on one’s own feet.’ The flames of people’s wars cannot be extinguished by tyrants. ‘

The statement points out: “This is the era of Mao Tse-tung, the era of world revolution, and the Afro-Americans’ struggle for liberation is a part of an invincible worldwide movement . . . . In keeping with the principles of people’s war, wherein the great masses of exploited peoples of the world represent the rural masses surrounding the cities (the exploiting industrial countries), the Afro-American revolutionaries represent a mighty urban underground within the city. Our people will further develop and master people’s warfare. Every battle will be a glorious monument to Chairman Mao’s August 8, 1963 statement and we shall become even more fierce in resisting the tyranny of racist U.S. imperialism. We shall ever be inspired by the fact that Chairman Mao has said:

‘. . . The evil system of colonialism and imperialism arose and throve with the enslavement of Negros and the trade in Negros, and it will surely come to its end with the complete emancipation of the Black people.’”
  
  
  

 
 
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