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Tim Chevalier ([personal profile] tim) wrote2013-10-31 07:01 pm
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"I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past 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 his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler 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 cannot agree with your methods of direct action'; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a 'more convenient season.' Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
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[personal profile] katarik 2013-11-01 02:10 am (UTC)(link)
I am legit writing a paper defending the inclusion of King's "Letter" in a work on Significant Documents in Modern America right now. That entire paragraph is basically being highlighted with giant neon arrows pointing to it going THIS THIS THIS WE ARE STILL DOING THIS.
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[personal profile] juli 2013-11-01 05:43 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, that paragraph is almost inexhaustible.
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[personal profile] rymenhild 2013-11-01 03:23 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, this. Also, why did I not put "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" on my first-year writing syllabus this semester?