As Martin Luther King Day comes to a snowy end, I came across a speech he gave several weeks before his assassination:
It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.
I was surprised by the amen truth of that last statement, ” …a riot is the language of the unheard”. The Occupy Movement continues to simmer in various parts of country, and there is a rumble of discontent as the economic gap widens and politicians loose sight of their true calling as servants of all people. Peaceful demonstrations and protest have the potential to bring clarity to the bargaining table. The slippery language of soul poor politicians is momentarily trapped and they and their kin are forced to truly listen to those who have been shouting for a long time or do not have a voice. It is in the demonstrations led and inspired by King which spoke strongly the words, “stop”, “no”, “enough” or ” I choose a different paradigm-I choose love”. King’s battle was for racial and economic equality, and those protests that he ignited was part of the necessary fuel that challenged many in America to shift or get off the pot!
Thank you Dr King, for being a beautiful fool…