Employees of Atlanta’s historically black Ebenezer Baptist Church arrived to a grim surprise Thursday morning: four Confederate battle flags placed around the grounds. The church sits within the city’s Matin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Police are investigating the possibility it was a hate crime.
“Martin Luther King was a southerner. He was from the South. Rosa Parks was from the South. Most of the important civil rights leaders were from the South. So don’t let anyone tell you what your Southern identity is.” - (x)
It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years.
It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met.
And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity.
And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again.
Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.
James Garner, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Charlton Heston, Harry and Julie Belafonte, and Diahann Carroll, all marching with more than 200,000 people in The March On Washington on August 28, 1963.
There is a ritual that accompanies these moments of protest by black Americans, and the wholly predictable urban unrest that follows the repeated killings of unarmed black people by police. The high priests of public opinion take to the TV, radio and Internet and summon the memory of Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to condemn black folks who are “rioting,” for the latter are violating the sacred covenant of “nonviolence” that King, as one of America’s greatest leaders and martyrs, supposedly died for.
“First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. 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 Councilor 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;” who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.”
Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”
So in 1st grade, it was MLK day and of course, us being only 6 years old, we had no fucking clue. Everyday, around 11 am we would get a snack time and if we didnt bring a snack then we were given saltines. Well I always brought my favorite snack which was Cheese-its.
Well on MLK day my teacher went around and put stickers on our forehead based on our eyecolor. I had brown eyes and my best friend had blue so i got a brown sticker and she got a blue.
I was told I couldnt eat my snack that day and was given two saltines but my friend could eat hers. Yeah I was pissed and my friend gave me some of her PB crackers.
Once we were taught about racism and such we were sent off to recess. THIS IS WHERE SHIT GOT REAL.
All the brown eyed kids refused to play with any of the other eye colored people and ONE KID FUCKING GETS A LITTLE 6 YEAR OLD MAFIA AND STARTS BEATING THE FUCKING SHIT OUT OF DIFFERENT COLORED EYED KIDS LIKE FUCK DUDE. I went and hid my friend on the playground so she didn’t get beat up but that didnt last long bc we were found and I was shunned for playing with a blue eyed kid.
6 fights broke out that day and my school never pulled that shit again.
But 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. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity