Why We Can't Wait
edited: Monday, October 15, 2007
By Edward L Pittman
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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2007
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A reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King and his ideology
One of my first blog entries was a collection of quotes from Dr. King and Malcolm X. Since then, I've posted on a range of topics---most attempting to critique the persisting color line in America. Both Malcolm's and King's words remind us that the struggle continues. Here is a quote from King, followed by a link from a different speech. We don't have to wait until January 16th.
"Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained. Consciously or unconsciously, he has been caught up by the Zeitgeist, and with his black brothers of Africa and his brown and yellow brothers of Asia, South America and the Caribbean, the United States Negro is moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice. If one recognizes this vital urge that has engulfed the Negro community, one should readily understand why public demonstrations are taking place. The Negro has many pent-up resentments and latent frustrations, and he must release them. So let him march; let him make prayer pilgrimages to the city hall; let him go on freedom rides-and try to understand why he must do so. If his repressed emotions are not released in nonviolent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history. So I have not said to my people: "Get rid of your discontent." Rather, I have tried to say that this normal and healthy discontent can be channeled into the creative outlet of nonviolent direct action. And now this approach is being termed extremist."
Letter From the Birmingham Jail, 1963