...Third, is it now required that we all be Martin Luther King? Is it required that we all have the patience to endure endless harassment and violence in order to be “worthy” to protest? Do remember that King himself had largely abandoned the philosophy of nonviolence at the time of his assassination. For example, he was only in Memphis in April 1968 supporting a direct action strike by sanitation workers in the city, an action LOTS of people would have called violently disruptive to the health of the community. His movement only seems beatific in retrospect, through the lens of the rioting and social chaos that ensued his marginalization in the later 1960s and 1970s. There are no perfect protestors even when there is much to protest.
I do not think the Martin Luther King, Jr., you remember is the Martin Luther King, Jr., who actually lived.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Politicalprof - Can we just STOP with the�“Martin Luther King, Jr., Didn’t Riot But He Changed the World” Thing?: