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Saturday, 28 January 2017

MLK - "White Moderates"

I agree with Martin Luther King, white moderates are the toughest antagonists to positive change in the US. This terrible lie still exists today ...

ML King and son remove burnt cross from his front lawn.
From Jail, Mr. King wrote ...

"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season."