Religion

Martin Luther King, Jr., on "The False God of Nationalism"

In his article "The False God of Nationalism: Americans Face a New Nationalism," in the New School of Social Research's Public Seminar, Assistant Professor of Religion and African & African-American Studies explores Martin Luther King, Jr.'s concern that he lived in an age where people had "turned away from the eternal God of the universe, and decided to worship at the shrine of the god of nationalism" and finds a similarity  with the "new nationalism that is likely to inhabit the government for at least four years." "The new nationalism," Booker observes, "shows no evidence of concern to thwart what King identified as the triple evils of poverty, militarism, and racism. Rather, it appears ready to benefit from all three."