â€œYou canâ€™t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You canâ€™t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. Youâ€™re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry.â€¦ Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrongâ€¦with capitalism.â€¦ There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.â€
Wouldn’t the Tea Party just have a fit, especially since the word “socialism” is used, one of their “scare” words to which they so innately react. They have little clue about what the actual proponents of socialism say about what it describes. A nation dubbing itself as “socialist” or not has nothing to do with how “socialist” it really is. In fact, the idea of a “REPUBLIC”, which is constantly invoked by Tea Partiers, is fulfilled in the aims of “socialism”, having a sense of us “being in this together”.
In arguing for the the long march to Washington and ongoing protests by the poor and working people, King declared: â€œTimid supplication for justice will not solve the problem. We have got to confront the power structure massively.â€