As you read the many inspirational quotes from MLK today, please do your due diligence and learn as much as you can from his life. Also, when you do hear of his struggles, don’t focus solely on his bravery. Instead, focus on the pathetic men and women who fought against him in order to stifle his voice of reason. Focus on the men and women who bombed his church and house. Focus on the misguided police who arrested him for peacefully protesting. Focus on the many people who believed in equality, but say silently on the sideline instead of joining arms. After you learn about them, condemn then loudly, for as MLK said himself, ” I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er 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 can’t agree with your methods of direct action;”
Do not ignore oppression simply because you’re not the one being oppressed.