Martin Luther King III recently appeared on CNN International with Amara Walker and Michael Holmes to discuss the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The conversation focused in large part on how King’s father, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. would have reacted to the current problems emanating from Ferguson today.
CNN Host Amara Walker: “It’s been some five decades since Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, spoke to about 250,000 people there, and talked about his dream for equality. What do you think he would have made of the riots we saw last night and the things that incited them?”
MLK III: “I don’t know that any of us can really speak for my father… I’m sure he would be greatly disappointed… First and foremost, he would certainly be feeling very bad for the family, I mean, he would have empathy for the family. Secondly he would feel disappointed that it erupted into a scenario of violence all across communities. He used to say that violence is the language of the unheard. And he constantly talked about, we must find nonviolent ways to address our conflicts. So he would be always advocating nonviolence, never stooping to and encouraging violence.”
“What would you say to those people who would not heed your father’s message?” he was later asked.
MLK III: “I think that we have to use as many voices as possible to speak to the younger generation. My voice is one voice, but you really need those who are of that age, young people speaking to young people saying, ‘Look, there’s a more constructive way.’ We understand your frustration. This particular strategy is not going to yield a long-term result, it’s not going to create peace… in the long run, peace creates peace, not violence.”
H/T the Daily Surge
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