The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was the occasion for one of those massive outpourings of hypocrisy characteristic of the human race. He stood in that line of saints which goes back from Gandhi to Jesus; his violent end, like theirs, reflects the hostility of mankind to those who annoy it by trying hard to pull it one more painful step further up the ladder from ape to angel. . . . Nothing could be more deceptive than the nationwide mourning. Beneath the surface nothing has changed, except perhaps for the worst.
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Source Notes: "The Fire Has Only Just Begun," in I. F. Stone Bi-Weekly (15 April 1968) and Po- lemics and Prophecies 1967-1970 (1989).
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