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Big business is hijacking our radical past. We must stop it | Gary Younge

Ram Trucks distorted a Martin Luther King sermon to sell its cars. This is how the establishment whitewashes history

In 1966, shortly before Martin Luther King branded America “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” and insisted “capitalism forgets that life is social”, a Gallup poll showed two thirds of Americans viewed him unfavourably. In 1999, when Gallup asked Americans for the most admired figures of the 20th century, King came second to Mother Teresa. When his monument went up on the National Mall in Washington in 2011, 91% of Americans approved.

Related: If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, politicians would denounce him | Steven W Thrasher

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