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    Some timeless truths from Martin Luther King Jr.

    "That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing."

    “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

    “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

    “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
    Oderint dum metuant - Lucius Accius

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    letter from a brimingham jail

    ....We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, "Wait." But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: "Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?"; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading "white" and "colored"; when your first name becomes "......," your middle name becomes "boy" (however old you are) and your last name becomes "John," and your wife and mother are never given the respected title "Mrs."; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness"--then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience. You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all."....
    I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

    I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.
    The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

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    Re: Some timeless truths from Martin Luther King Jr.

    Quote Originally Posted by crimsonaudio View Post


    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
    It’s sad that we haven’t figured this out yet.



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    Re: Some timeless truths from Martin Luther King Jr.

    Quote Originally Posted by JBama_in_PCOLA View Post
    It’s sad that we haven’t figured this out yet.



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    as we see regularly, sowing hate/resentment/spite can prove to be very lucrative.
    The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

    - George Orwell

    If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.

    — Thomas Pynchon

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    Re: Some timeless truths from Martin Luther King Jr.

    Quote Originally Posted by 92tide View Post
    as we see regularly, sowing hate/resentment/spite can prove to be very lucrative.
    So are you saying that black folks should know their place and act more like Martin Luther King, Jr?

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    Re: Some timeless truths from Martin Luther King Jr.

    Quote Originally Posted by 92tide View Post
    as we see regularly, sowing hate/resentment/spite can prove to be very lucrative.
    Ah, the mighty dollar.


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    Re: Some timeless truths from Martin Luther King Jr.

    Quote Originally Posted by JBama_in_PCOLA View Post
    Ah, the mighty dollar.


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    and power
    The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

    - George Orwell

    If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.

    — Thomas Pynchon

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    Re: Some timeless truths from Martin Luther King Jr.

    Quote Originally Posted by JBama_in_PCOLA View Post
    It’s sad that we haven’t figured this out yet.
    The ones who know, understand, and practice this....are over-shadowed by those who don't. You can thank the media for dividing this country every day as hard as they can and in every format possible.

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    Re: Some timeless truths from Martin Luther King Jr.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bazza View Post
    The ones who know, understand, and practice this....are over-shadowed by those who don't. You can thank the media for dividing this country every day as hard as they can and in every format possible.
    people love to blame the media for everything. but a large part of the blame lies pretty squarely on the racists and white supremacists that can't stand to see others be told they are equals.
    The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

    - George Orwell

    If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.

    — Thomas Pynchon

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92tide View Post
    people love to blame the media for everything. but a large part of the blame lies pretty squarely on the racists and white supremacists that can't stand to see others be told they are equals.
    Amen!!


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    MLK was one of the greatest men of my lifetime. May his spirit and ideals live on.

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    Jacqueline Smith gave me a poster with this quote on it:

    I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe the naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

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