MLK Speech on Vietnam War

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MLK Speech on Vietnam War

MLK Speech on Vietnam War 1967

Point from King's Speech:"As I've walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems." (Lines 47-49 pg. 153)Dr. King was a prominent civil rights activist that led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s that intended to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States by urging all colored people to not fight back using weapons and causing riots. The movement was successful in that it humiliated the American people upon seeing how colored folks were brutally discriminated.

Similar Point in Today's WorldKing's quote about reminding angry young men that weapons will not solve their problems reminded me of all the shootings against black males that have caused much controversy throughout America in the recent years such as the shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by white policeman Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Many in the African-American community demanded Wilson be charged with murder, but after three months of deliberation, a Missouri grand jury - of nine white and three black members - did not indict Wilson of any charges. The decision set off a brutal public reaction in the form of violent riots in protest of what many believe to be an act of racism and injustice. It's upsetting to realize that we've forgotten the power of nonviolence. It was nonviolence that changed the hearts of people not only in America, but across the world. The movement granted equal rights to a race that had been mistreated, humiliated, and rejected for centuries. I wish we'd honor King and everything he fought for by continuing to fight against prejudice through nonviolence. Riots such as those in Ferguson only harm more than they help and if we desire to promote change, we must realize that the use weapons will not solve our problems but only make them worst.

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Dr. King:"Nonviolence is the most powerful weapon."


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