Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the largest cultural icons in the United States. Being the face and spearhead of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement he is remembered for his racial egalitarianism in the face of Jim Crow and other forms of institutional racism. He is a figure celebrated by nearly every politician, every mainstream political ideology, and is remembered as a character to unity.
Yet, many who have extensively read and studied MLK know that this ‘character of unity’ is a facade of sorts, they know that the American collective memory of MLK is false. These falsities can be explained through an introduction into Baudrillard’s Hyperreality, and Jameson’s Postmodern Capitalism.