|Dr. Martin Luther King|
I'm writing this today because of a tweet put out by Skolnik yesterday. Once again Martin Luther King's words are being used selectively and out of context - there must be a well worn indentation where the poor man spins in his grave every time his words are used for monetary or political gain that dismantle, and frankly, take a huge crap on, what he lived and died for.
"A riot is the language of the unheard." ~Martin Luther King, Jr. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/OXfzgEcN1B
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) August 11, 2014
What Dr. King actually said:
"I’m still convinced that nonviolence is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom and justice. I feel that violence will only create more social problems than they will solve. That in a real sense it is impractical for the Negro to even think of mounting a violent revolution in the United States. So I will continue to condemn riots, and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way. And continue to affirm that there is another way.Alveda King on the Michael Brown shooting, August 11, 2014:
But at the same time, it is as necessary for me to be as vigorous in condemning the conditions which cause persons to feel that they must engage in riotous activities as it is for me to condemn riots. I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard." Bold emphasis mine.
"This painful incident brings to mind my father Rev. A. D. King in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 when our home was fire bombed by rabid racists. The people were angry and wanted to riot. Daddy stood on the hood of a car with a megaphone and calmed the people. This is not the time to riot. This is the time to pray. Please, protest, stand up for our rights, but do this with nonviolence!"The above was in the local newspaper in Ferguson yesterday, Skolnik did not post it. Michael Skolnik, whose only claim to fame is being a race baiter and a patsy for shysters like Russel Simmons and Benjamin Chavis, should have a few seats and let this tragedy go through the justice system. Martin Luther King would likely not even acknowledge his presence were they in the same room.
"When a child is killed in the womb, or years later, his or her dreams are aborted. In order for justice to prevail, hearts need to be calmed, tempers need to be calmed, the facts need to be determined. In order for justice to prevail, the judicial system must be allowed to take its course," said King."
NO MORE OF THIS:
QuikTrip looted in Ferguson. #MikeBrown pic.twitter.com/3wLLySUrKx
— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) August 11, 2014