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Dr. King on the Futility of Rioting

“ 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.

The leaderless mobs rioting in Baltimore and, previously, Ferguson, are not only destructive but also absurd.  It does not appear that the rioters are deep thinkers.  Dr. King would not approve.


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5 thoughts on “Dr. King on the Futility of Rioting

  1. MLK certainly would not have approved. No good will come of this violence.

  2. Someone once asked Dr. King if it was wise to let the likes of Stokely Carmichael and H rap Brown March with him, he replied, “If they are with me they are not burning buildings!”

  3. You (and Dr. King) are correct. I find current events disturbing for many reasons. I’m thinking about different threads and how I’d like to express some thoughts on the matter. I can’t say what’s going to come out but I can feel things just under the surface starting to turn into bits to share. At the moment it feels like I’m carrying around a load of bricks…

  4. When you mention King, we have two. Dr. King, of course, and the self-proclaimed Muslim king in our White House.

    And for our king to send WH reps to that “man’s” funeral is merely stoking the fire.

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