The big business press is gaining mileage and drumming up support for the extra-legal military actions of the US government using the military-political murder of the reactionary, anarchist-terrorist Osama Bin Laden as a rally cry for further military interventions and intelligence manipulations of the affairs of sovereign nations. An interesting but inaccurately quoted statement attributed to the great African-American fighter for civil and human rights Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has gained viral status in the ‘blogosphere’
The viral statement appears to be a modification of the following real statement which was sent in to me by a reader, Rick, who writes.
“On August 16, 1967, Dr. King gave his “Where Do We Go From Here?” speech in Atlanta. In the transcript of the speech there appears this passage:”
“I’m concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.”
The reader’s note is in the comments below this post.
As have many, I came across the false quote in a few places on the internet over a very short period of time. The quote is at once appropriate and yet at the same time devoid of analysis or context. The unsubstantiated statement reads..
I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. [For the origin of the false quote follow this link]
Dr. King who was killed in Memphis Tennessee in 1968 after attending a union rally in support of striking sanitation workers also said this on the day before he died.
The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee — the cry is always the same — “We want to be free.”
For the full text of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” his final speech
Follow this link
For the updated story on the inadvertent combination of the the line, written by Jessica Dovey, “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy, ” with the words of Dr. King Follow this link
The unsubstantiated quote appears in this version in a site which seems to both refute its own claim of authenticity and also market micro-loans a recently fashionable utopian-capitalist pseudo solution to poverty in rural and undeveloped areas of the world. The link is below. [Editorial note: as of 4-09-13 Wake up Life seems to be defunct. I leave this link in place since this page seems to have some significance in tracking down a notorious internet misquote. It no longer however seems to lead to the source that it did when this was written.]
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