“And the other thing, I am concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice. I’m concerned about brotherhood. I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence.
“For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.”
“And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. And I have seen too much hate.
“I’ve seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. I’ve seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear.
“I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who loves has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality.”
- Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta, Georgia, Aug 16/67: ‘Where do we go from here?’
- also: VoiceofCanada feature: Lessons From Dr. King
Remember, Dr. King lived during a time when Black people were being lynched, police were siccing dogs and fire hoses on them, and the KKK was murdering black children with bombs. It would have been so easy for him to succumb to the temptation to abandon hope, but because he stuck to his Christian beliefs to love one’s enemies the United States avoided the civil war urged against whites by Black radicals.
Violence is so easy to start, but its negative effects last a very long time as you in Caledonia know all too well. Peaceful methods will win eventually. It is a slow process to be sure, but history proves that it works.
- VoiceofCanada, April 27/12: Dear Caledonia residents – about Tom Keefer & tomorrow’s takeover of Caledonia’s streets by Marxists, radical unionists, anarchists, terror group sympathizers and anti-Israel groups
- HelplessByBlatchford: ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ forum, Ottawa, ON, March 22/11
Founder, Caledonia Victims Project
It’s always those who claim to be from the left who are first to use violence for social change.