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Martin Luther King III: My Father “Would Be Greatly Disappointed” At The Ferguson Riots

The son of the civil rights legend Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King jr., said his father would have never condoned the violence that erupted in Ferguson and other cities immediately after the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.

“It’s been some five decades since Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, spoke to about 250,000 people there, and talked about his dream for equality,” CNN host Amara Walk said. “What do you think he would have made of the riots we saw last night and the things that incited them?”

“I don’t know that any of us can really speak for my father,” King responded. But “I’m sure he would be greatly disappointed” by the violence playing out on the streets. “First and foremost, he would certainly be feeling very bad for the family, I mean, he would have empathy for the family.””

“Secondly,” King continued, “he would feel disappointed that it erupted into a scenario of violence all across communities. He used to say that violence is the language of the unheard. And he constantly talked about, we must find nonviolent ways to address our conflicts. So he would be always advocating nonviolence, never stooping to and encouraging violence.”

“What would you say to those people who would not heed your father’s message?” he was further asked.

“I think that we have to use as many voices as possible to speak to the younger generation,” King said. “My voice is one voice, but you really need those who are of that age, young people speaking to young people saying, ‘Look, there’s a more constructive way.’ We understand your frustration. This particular strategy is not going to yield a long-term result, it’s not going to create peace… in the long run, peace creates peace, not violence.”

According to Reuters, there have been more than 400 people arrested in the town of Ferguson and around the United States in reaction to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson.


Jerome Hudson

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Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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