Martin Luther King

we say as I've always said and I will always continue to say that riots are socially destructive and self-defeating I'm still convinced that non-violence is the most potent weapon available to oppress people in their struggle for freedom and justice I feel that violence will only create more social problems

than they able saw that in a real sense it is impractical for the Negro to even think of mounting a violent revolution in the United States so I will continue to condemn riots and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way continue to affirm that there is another way but at the same time it is as necessary for me to be as vigorous in condemning the conditions which calls persons to feel that they must get engaged in riotous activities as it is for me to condemn riots I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned

as vigorously as we condemn riots and in the final analysis a riot is the language of the unheard what is it that America has failed to hear 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 in the status quo than about justice equality humanity and so on a real sense our nation summers of riots are caused by our nation's winters of delay and as long as America postpones justice we stand into position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention

 

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