Published May 20, 2015
As we've watched our country unravel with violence and protest over the last few months from Ferguson to Brooklyn, New York to Baltimore - I've found myself frequently wondering what Martin Luther King Jr. might do right now if he were still alive.
So I thought it was apropo to remember what he did say back in 1964 during a speech entitled "The Quest for Peace and Justice." Here's a piece of that:
"Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: It merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than winning his understanding: It seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself."
Oh, how we need Martin Luther King Jr. today ... As we wait for another day in Baltimore.