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Martin Luther King Jr. in Jail

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Dr. King was a dissident. Never forget that the man mainstream America now heralds as a proponent of peace was once considered an outlaw and a threat by the same society that now praises him. We carefully pick and choose King quotes that make us comfortable. DR. KING WAS A PEACEFUL MAN BUT HE WAS NOT A DOCILE MAN. Don’t let “well meaning people” pervert Dr. King’s message and use him as a weapon against you. I’m going to dedicate the next few days to sharing lesser known quotes from Dr. King.

“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.”

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