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.



  1. 1 solosocial November 30, 2014 at 2:21 am

    According to a reporter interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), reporters from the commercial press interviewed residents of Ferguson who were not even witnesses–writing down their statements, then presenting them as facts. In other words, irresponsible reporters from the commercial press presented neighborhood gossip as evidence.

    Whether the press is liberal or not is debatable. But the press is certainly sensationalistic. It always has been, to some extent, but never as much as it is today. More and more, the commercial press is literally creating havoc in the United States by reporting irresponsibly–presenting rumors as facts, and sometimes creating false facts of its own.

    The commercial press–most of which is corporately owned now–will do anything to get readers and viewers. Because that’s how it gets its money. It has no regard for you or me–and truth is of no importance to it.

    These protesters, from all over the country, have no idea that they are simply pawns of the commercial press–and that the commercial press feeds off of their activities to build sensationalism upon sensationalism.

    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of the press. But with freedom comes responsibility. And the actions of the commercial press in our country have become most irresponsible.

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