national news media have never come to terms with what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for during his final years. when King focused his challenge on legalized racial discrimination in the South, most major media were his allies. But after passage of civil rights acts in 1964 and 1965, King began challenging the nation's fundamental priorities. He maintained civil rights laws were empty without "human rights" including economic rights. For people too poor to eat at a restaurant or afford a decent home, King said, anti-discrimination laws were hollow. Noting a majority of Americans below the poverty line were white, King developed a class perspective. He decried huge income gaps between rich and poor, and called for "radical changes in the structure of our society" to redistribute wealth and power. "True compassion," King declared, "is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." By 1967, King became most prominent opponent of Vietnam and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, he deemed militaristic. In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 a year to the day before he was murdered King called US "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."