Hello, I just wanted to remind people it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US. His peaceful civil rights movement serves as a model for most Americans on how to fight injustice peacefully. His message seems more and more relevant every day... FYI, his movement is not in any way related to Martin Luther who started the Lutheran church (my grandmother asked me this - she's Lutheran).
Chris G Lee: I just wanted to remind people it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US. His peaceful civil rights movement serves as a model for most Americans on how to fight injustice peacefully.
It's the best way to fight injustice when your opposition is basically good and decent on the whole, despite this one injustice you are opposing. It is useless against a ruthless opposition, or against a decent opposition when your demands are simply unacceptable. (E.g. a protest march to demand and end to "capitalism")
His message seems more and more relevant every day...
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His opposition was racism and hatred. I would not say these two things are "good on the whole". His message of peacefully protesting injustice should be a model followed by all. It's relevant today, where people around the world use violence as means to communicate their anger. MLK showed us that there is another way.
MLK showed us that there is another way. During their fame, MLK and Malcolm X were at odds with one another on how to lead the Black Community. Both eventually struggled with their original stances and began to grow closer to the other's stance. Neither man allowed us to see what might have happened as they were both assassinated. We do remember each for their original stance. One has to wonder what might have happened had they lived longer...
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While I don't know that Dr. King actually grew closer to the stance of the Nation of Islam, I do know that Malcolm X broke from the Nation of Islam and began to preach a far more tolerant message - a message of racial harmony, not isolation. Many believe this is why he was killed. I think what John is saying is that if we still had men of the vision and integrity of Dr. King and Malcolm X, we might be farther along on the road to a truly tolerant society. However, their assassinations proved that racists on both sides of the color line exist in large numbers - numbers too great to be ignored swith impunity. And while political correctness enforces such ideals, it is but a pale shadow of the kind of true brotherhood Dr. King told us about, and exhorted us to. But we progress, slowly. My stepdaughter, as fairhaired and freckled a white girl as you will find, is the most colorblind person I've ever met. She literally makes no distinction between her friends of various races and nationalities, and it fills my heart with joy to watch them interact. Joe