But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 28, 1963
Once again, a community of Americans has automatically determined guilt and innocence based solely on race–specifically the color of Darren Wilson’s and Michael Brown’s skin.
And once again, a community of Americans has engaged in senseless rioting, looting, and violence based on this same automatic determination of guilt and innocence.
If Darren Wilson were black, and Michael Brown were white, would this senseless rioting, looting, and violence be occurring?
If you truly believe in Dr. King’s dream, you will make it a reality.