• Martin Luther King Jr. Would Be Disgusted By Black Lives Matter

    Violence Was Not the MLK Way

    Martin Luther King III recently spoke out as the nation remembers his father Martin Luther King Jr., perhaps the most influential black leader of the last century. What he said would make his father proud as it is a message of peace, communication, and non-violence. Basically, the exact opposite of what the Black Lives Matters crowd has been spewing out. The current state of race relations fomented in no small part by black leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today he’d be 87 years old. I’ve often wondered what an amazingly different place we’d be in if he had lived into his old age. Imagine what our world would look like if his direct influence had been felt for the last fifty years. His son, MLK3, has taken up his father’s mantle. Perhaps he will be able to continue his father’s mission and see his dream fulfilled. MLK3 sees the violence against police and the destruction of property as witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri as setbacks to where his father’s dream would have taken us. We still have a long way to go to see that dream fulfilled.

    On the holiday commemorating his father’s epic civil rights legacy, Martin Luther King III says he is dismayed by recent violence against police, the destructive protests in Ferguson and the trashing of a U.Va. fraternity falsely accused of sexual assault because they don’t reflect his father’s own approach to advocate for change peacefully.

    He also warns that unchecked fervor that tries to justify violent means of achieving the goal of equality could set back the movement his father started.

    “My father’s approach to the most brutal and unambiguous social injustices during the civil rights struggle was rooted in nonviolence as a morally and tactically correct response,” Mr. King said in an interview with The Washington Times. “In no way do I, nor would my father, condone any ‘ends justify the means’ behavior.”

    But recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri, the vengeance killing of two police officers in New York and campus violence at the University of Virginia have proved that 47 years after the peace activist was assassinated, his message still has not resonated with some.

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    Martin Luther King Jr. was a revolutionary figure. He is remembered and revered by both blacks and whites. His message of love in the face violence and racism did not weaken his voice, it only strengthened it. Will any of the things said by Black Lives Matter activists or the likes of Al Sharpton be remembered nearly fifty years after they are gone? No. The words of wisdom from Martin Luther King Jr. are filling peoples statuses and are as true today as they were fifty years ago. Will we heed them? America desperately needs men and women like Martin Luther King Jr. Where are they? Who will be next?

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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