Lessons From The “World House”: King’s Critique of Neo-Colonialism and American Exceptionalism.

Authors: Joshua Inwood*, Pennsylvania State University
Topics: Cultural Geography, Military Geography, United States
Keywords: Civil Rights, Race, ML King,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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In 1967 Dr. King wrote Where do we go from Here? Chaos or Community. Confronting the triple evils of modern US society: racism, militarism and capitalism King in this book King confronted a range of challenges to the US civil rights movement and the freedom aspirations of black and poor people in the United States. Perhaps his most radical work, in a chapter of this book titled the “World House” King outlined a critique of US colonialism and militarism and its connections to white supremacy that has purchase in the wake of recent events in the United States. Building off of the insights in this chapter I argue that we need to reappraise the last years of King’s life and to connect his work with broader international struggles to end colonialism.

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