We here at the Conspiracy Nut deal mainly in absurdity. We believe in the truth of absurdity, but today I would like to put our primary mission away, and get slightly less absurd, and talk about the conspiracy of who killed Dr. King.
James Earl Ray, it is said, is the guy who pulled the trigger. The conspiracy goes that he either didn't do it at all, or he didn't act alone. James Earl Ray himself said he didn't kill Dr. King. Of course James Earl Ray also said he did kill Dr. King, which I suppose means he both did and didn't, which is a pretty impressive trick for such a small man.
We here at the Conspiracy Nut have reason to suspect that he didn't act alone. Or to be more accurate, I believe he didn't act alone. Dr. King was a Christian, so I think I would like to look at his philosophy, his faith.
A Christian minister was once asked who killed Jesus. Now it's a matter of public record that blame often falls on the shoulders of the Jews for reasons that don't make any sense. This particular minister didn't blame Jews, or Romans, his answer was that he had killed Jesus. The person asking the question as well, he had also killed Jesus. We collectively had killed Jesus. Through our own unwillingness to love our neighbor as ourselves, we killed him. I don't know about all that, I'm a Jew, but I can't deny we are mostly bastards to each other, and we need to do better.
So the truth is, the very unfunny truth, we collectively, as Americans, killed Dr. King. Our nation set the bullet in motion by compromising the ideals of the constitution on day one and failing to admit the criminality of slavery. The bullet continued on its way when we freed the slaves, only to create a new kind of bondage, failing to provide justice to these now "free" men, who couldn't get fair jobs or vote, and who were often murdered without justice being served.
And that bullet continues to move, cutting down men and women of all races in this country even today, as people continue to promote inequality in 2011, ignoring the poor, and pretending to be Christian all the while.
You want to know the crazy conspiracy at the heart of it? We pretend our founding fathers were good, and were just products of their time. We pretend the men and women of the civil war era made a breakthrough, but, products of their time, could only go so far. A conspiracy is when two or more people agree to a secret. No man, ever, has really believed slavery was just. That is a lie men tell so they can indulge in evil. Our founding fathers knew it, the south during the civil war knew it, and men in white hoods know it. Those screaming the loudest are generally the ones with the guiltiest hearts.
It seems to me it might be time to stop killing him, and start loving your neighbor.