In his interview with James Corbett, Pepper reveals that in the forty plus years he’s been involved in investigating and reporting on the King assassination, he has spent over a million dollars of his own money and at one point relocated himself and his family to the UK as a result of numerous death threats. It is also notable that Pepper has given his seal of approval to Nelson’s more recent effort to add further insight into this extraordinary story. Here’s part of what Pepper had to say (via email to this writer and to Nelson):
‘Phil Nelson has provided us with some valuable missing information about the actions of Lyndon Johnson in the context of events in the 1960’s. I’ve long believed the information given to me”about LBJ’s knowing involvement and collusion in the assassination of JFK. Nelson’s research about Johnson’s collaboration [with] and his support of the profoundly illegal and evil, public actions of J. Edgar Hoover [in the assassination of Martin Luther King] fills in many blanks and is a highly valuable historical contribution. I urge, and hope, that this work will be widely read.’
In showcasing the real truth behind one of America’s greatest of criminal conspiracies, given the overwhelming, irrefutable evidence, as previously presented by William Pepper and so many others, and now by Phil Nelson, anyone who still thinks James Earl Ray was the ‘only shooter’ and the ‘only plotter’ and that there was no conspiracy, frankly needs a ‘check up from the neck up’. Either that or they prefer to be on the wrong side of history.
To be sure then the state sanctioned plot to murder King as outlined by both authors, [then] blame it on an innocent man and allow him to rot in jail for forty years, all the while bringing to bear the full resources of said state the aim of which is to keep this secret from becoming public knowledge — and to continue to do so as of this writing — is as savage an indictment on the republic as any this writer can think of.
For his part in the proceedings, James Earl Ray certainly did end up ‘rotting in jail’. Yet, if there’s any justice or karma to be had in this or the next life — in this the Empire of the Republic — the best we might hope for then is that those who committed this crime and/or were complicit in its cover-up will either rot in hell when their time comes or are in the process of doing so as we speak. For my own part I can think of no more fitting fate for the lot of them.
In King’s final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, it is instructive to note that he argued in part that white supremacy stood in the way of America’s democracy, [that] it was an ever-present force in frustrating the dreams of the nation’s darker-skinned citizens. At the heart of it was a distorted understanding of the meaning of racial justice. He wrote:
‘Negroes have proceeded from a premise that equality means what it says, and they have taken white Americans at their word when they talked of it as an objective. But most whites in America proceed from a premise that equality is a loose expression for improvement. White America is not even psychologically organized to close the gap — essentially it seeks only to make it less painful and less obvious but in most respects to retain it. This is a devastating judgment about our so-called national commitment to progress. It reduces racial justice to a charitable enterprise by which white people “do good” for black people. This, in turn, provides white Americans with a necessary illusion that preserves the idea of innocence and insulates their conscience or, perhaps, their soul from guilt and blame.’
One is left pondering if King’s assessment isn’t as pertinent now as it was back then. When folks read Nelson’s book from go to woe — the latter being the operative word herein — it’s my belief they will more fully appreciate this statement.
Greg Maybury is a Perth (Australia) based freelance writer. His main areas of interest are American history and politics in general, with a special focus on economic, national security, military and geopolitical affairs, and both US domestic and (more…)
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