Even decades after his death, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be setting fanatics on edge as a result of his revolutionary role in the Civil Rights Movement.
An incident Monday involving a bomb planted on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington appears to have been racially motivated, according to the FBI and the city’s mayor.
“The confluence of the holiday, the march and the device is inescapable,” Frank Harrill, an FBI special agent in Spokane, told The Associated Press, “but we are not at the point where we can draw any particular motive.”
He said the concealed device was found — and successfully defused — by city officials just one hour before the parade, which implied it was racially motivated. Spokane has a history of crimes linked to white supremacists.
Mary Verner, the mayor of Spokane, did not act as if the day bore no relevance to the act.
“I was struck that on a day when we celebrate Dr. King, a champion of non-violence, we were faced with a significant violent threat,” she told AP. “This is unacceptable in our community, or any community.”
Monday was a federal holiday slated for the 81st birthday of Dr. King, the civil rights hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated at the age of 39.
An FBI statement after the incident described it as “domestic terrorism,” warning that the device could have killed multiple people.
“Suffice it to say it was of grave concern,” Harrill told NBC News.
GOP lawmaker cut the mic on black woman’s facts — but let white men spew ‘lunacy and lies’: report
The Republican chair of a Tennessee legislative committee is under fire for cutting off the microphone while a woman of color was speaking -- but allowing white men to spew "lunacy."
"It took all of five minutes for Sen. Mike Bell, chairman of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, to prove Cherisse Scott’s point. Scott is founder and CEO of Sister Reach, a Memphis organization that fights for reproductive freedom and health for rural women and girls of color struggling with poverty," Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee explained.
Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein surrounded himself with scientists
The list of confidants and friends who were fêted by the late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included a number of prominent scientists. Among the eye-popping names that appeared on the list: the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, physicist Frank Wilczek, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and geneticist George M. Church.
Trump just humiliated his own son with an absurd tweet about Greenland
President Donald Trump confirmed multiple reports this weekend when he said that he does, indeed, hope to buy Greenland and make it part of the United States.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said that the country, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is “not for sale”: “Greenland belongs to Greenland.” Which should be the end of the story. Unfortunately, it’s not.
On Monday, Trump sent the following tweet, apparently trying to quell suspicions that the president just regards Greenland as another place to expand his business empire: