Peace

If peace means accepting second class citizenship, then I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of evil and injustice, then I don’t want it. If peace means being complacent and accepting the status quo, then I don’t want it. If peace means being passive, then I don’t want it. If peace means a willingness to be exploited and humiliated, then that’s the kind of peace that I don’t want—-DR. KING (from his speech in Louisville Kentucky , 1956)

 

That is white Americans’ definition of peace for Black people and other ethnic groups.  Personally, I would rather die fighting for real peace and freedom.

Riots

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. -Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King also said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”

Wonder if MLK made a distinction between riot vs protest. Riot is a widely used term to describe a protest involving communities of color. And often these peaceful protests end in riots when government operatives or opposition groups infiltrate to agitate and incite violence that nullify the message or intent of the protest.

With so much government spying, can riots or protests lead to real change?

They haven’t so far, yet, we see more and more protests or riots to increase awareness and more and more opposition to that awareness. Change requires long-term commitment while protests or riots are as MLK said, reactionary emotional catharsis. Plus protests or riots are vulnerable to outside inference that dilute their message.

How else can we attract media attention to increase awareness about important life and death issues?

From Martin Luther King Jr. To The NYPD : JUSTICE

These quotes were selected for the NYPD and NYC.  Major Bill DeBlasio and Commissioner Bratton please set  examples of integrity, honor and justice.

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The time is always right to do what is right.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

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An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

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A riot is the language of the unheard.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

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He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Death is the only inescapable, unavoidable, sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day we’re born
-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

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I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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The time is always right to do what is right.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Editor’s Note: Thank You From Me To YOU

 Thank You From Me To YOU

Yesterday, I was a child delivering the multimedia online news and opinion paper: Justice in America!

From my list of contacts, I delivered Justice in America to fellow Activists and Advocates of human rights and social justice.

The response was immediately amazing and downright awesome. I was more than pleased and humbled; my fears of being a pest were for naught and simply a reflection of my state of mind, not reality.

My gratitude to all who read the news stories in  Justice in America,  visited Failure to Listen and Retweeted.  Thank You!

Can I ask another favor?  If you like, become a subscriber of both.    😀

Enjoy the day!

Cheers,

Angela

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The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Every time we remember to say thank you, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.

-Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Martin Luther King Jr: Quotes Of Inspiration For The Oppressed

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr – Wisdom Of Evil

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. – Quotes of Love and Freedom

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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-Martin Luther King Jr.

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