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.