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King was a great role model for activists. Don’t let up.

King was a great role model for activists. Don’t let up.
King outlines the four pillars of nonviolent resistance —parallel to the four rules for arguing intelligently that atheist philosopher Daniel Bennett would formulate more than half a century later —

In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: 1) collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive; 2) negotiation; 3) self-purification; and 4) direct action.
SKIM READ then pick out the key points.

The Clergymen Vs Martin Luther King.
During My Lifetime there have been many GREAT demonstrators. Here is an example.
I don’t claim authorship most is public record.

On April 3, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. began coordinating a series of sit-ins and nonviolent demonstrations against racial injustice in Birmingham, Alabama. On April 12, he was violently arrested on the charge of parading without a permit, per an injunction against “parading, demonstrating, boycotting, trespassing and picketing” that a local circuit judge had issued two days earlier, a week into the protests.

On the day of Dr. King’s arrest, eight male Alabama clergymen issued a public statement “The Call for Unity,” following a letter “An Appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense.”
They accused him of being an “outsider” to the community’s cause, suggested that racial injustice in Alabama shouldn’t be his business, and claimed that the nonviolent resistance demonstrations he led were “unwise and untimely.”

“We further strongly urge our own Negro community to withdraw support from these demonstrations,” they wrote. It was such a blatant example of the very injustice Dr. King had dedicated his life to eradicating — the hijacking of what should be “common sense” to all in the service of what is “common” and convenient to only those in power — that he felt compelled to respond. The following day, while still in jail, he penned a remarkable book-length open letter.

The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Post, published excerpts. The full text was eventually published as Letter from Birmingham City Jail (public library) and became not only a foundational text of the American civil rights movement in the 1960s but an enduring manifesto for social justice and the human struggle for equality in every sense of the word, in every corner of the world.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

He outlines the four pillars of nonviolent resistance — which bear a poignant parallel to the four rules for arguing intelligently that philosopher Daniel Bennett would formulate more than half a century later — and writes:

In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: 1) collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive; 2) negotiation; 3) self-purification; and 4) direct action.

In a sentiment that calls to mind the atheist Bertrand Russell’s timeless wisdom on the constructive and destructive elements in human nature — “Construction and destruction alike satisfy the will to power,” he wrote in 1926, “but construction is more difficult as a rule, and therefore gives more satisfaction to the person who can achieve it.” — King puts forth the wonderful notion of “creative tension” as a force of constructive action:

We who engage in non-violent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured as long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its pus-flowing ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must likewise be exposed, with all the tension it’s exposing create, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

He considers why such nonviolent instigation of “creative tension” is vital to the claiming of freedom:

History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and give up their unjust posture; but … groups are more immoral than individuals.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
He zooms in on the accusation of untimeliness and, arguing that “justice too long delayed is justice denied,” and puts in poignant perspective the relativity of timeliness:

I guess it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, “Wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; … when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Fun-town is closed to colored children, and see depressing clouds of inferiority begin to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by unconsciously developing a bitterness toward white people; … when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodies” — then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of injustice where they experience the bleakness of corroding despair.

He argues that at the root of the clergymen’s accusations is a profound misconception of time. That will inevitably cure all ills. Actually time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy, and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.

He goes on to explore the expatiation of the legal system for the unjust ends of those in power:

Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregated a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. To use the words of Martin Buber, the Jewish philosopher, segregation substitutes an “I-it” relationship for an “I-thou” relationship and ends up relegating persons to the status of things. So segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, but it is morally wrong…

An unjust law is a code that a majority inflicts on a minority group that is not binding on itself. This is difference made legal. On the other hand, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal.

Indeed, the law should be reclaimed as an ally to the populace in its diverse totality rather than a formalized system of objectifying people. He sees nonviolent resistance not as a way to destroy the law but as a way to normalize it:

In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law… That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do it openly, lovingly, … and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

But the law, of course, cannot and should not be separate from the social forces that support it. In one of his most poignant remarks in the letter, which resonates all the more deeply in our present culture where impenitent reaction has replaced considered response and become the seedbed of misunderstanding, King adds:

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.

Letter from Birmingham City Jail remains an indispensable read for any thinking, feeling member of the human family.

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What was the scariest close call you’ve ever had? Written by a Contributor 😁

What was the scariest close call you’ve ever had?

At 9 a.m, two police constable patrolling the streets on motorcycle radioed a “shots fired” call regarding unknown suspects riding a white car. They said they are chasing the car. A very short call, made only once.

I heard them on my Motorola pocket wireless set. Police wireless control started screaming and directing every available mobile van and rider to reach the said point.

By the time we barely left the police station to get there, dispatch told that both constables have been gunned down as reported by another patrolling squad who had reached there in few minutes.

Oh man… Oh man. I cannot express the adrenaline that news struck. It shook the whole department instantly. We had never experienced such an incident before. It was like the whole department has formed into an agile bloodhound that is out to hunt.

Numerous reports kept coming in about the latest sightings of that white car and finally, they were pinned down where they had to leave the car and run on foot. Minutes later, their luck gave up completely, as they had entered a street with a dead end.

In a jiffy, we reached there. About 50 policemen were covering that street. Suspects were firing off shots vigorously with fully automatic rifles. The rate of fire was extraordinary. North Hollywood shootout comes to mind. I, along with other cops, climbed up a shop’s roof to get a better and relatively safer look and that’s when they fired at us.

A bullet struck about a foot above my head, back on the wall. It made a cracking sound. An AK 47 shot.

For some reason, my mother’s image came to my mind. I don’t want to say that I was scared, but the idea of dying instantly rattled me real hard. It left me wondering.

Oh my goodness! What if I die here? My mother will go insane! I am not even married yet, got zero numbers in sex department. Would I go without a little what-what? I wish to visit UAE, is that dream for nothing? I am yet to earn money and enjoy life, what about that?

In few very short seconds, I thought about all of that. Got all the legitimate reasons you know, to live. 🙂 I had almost drowned once and also faced a serious accident but such thoughts never struck me then. Maybe it’s because, a head shot is capable of turning your lights off right away. I don’t know.

Anyway.

The benefit we had from here was a “clear trajectory path” as we could see them hiding behind a vehicle. So, shots we fired which made them move and be more visible to the cops down the street.

A heavy spray from above and front silenced both of them. Three AK 47s with box magazines and a sack filled with literally thousands of rounds they had.

Armed, trained and resilient they were.

A breed new to us.

Terrorists.


Humanity

We pray protest for better, peaceful world, but unflinchingly contribute to another form of cruelty & violence daily

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We stand up against racism, but unflinchingly say “animals were created by God for us to eat”

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We stand up against slavery, but unflinchingly breed billions of other Earthlings into a short miserable life of slavery before their brutal slaughter.

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We stand up against mysoginy exploitation, but unflinchingly exploit fellow female Earthlings for their milk & eggs and kill her male offspring.

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We want change, but don’t want to change.

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We are against racism, bigotry, slavery, exploitation, misogyny and all other forms of injustice and discrimination – but when it comes to non-human Earthlings, it somehow becomes OK.. makes absolutely no sense. .

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“You are diseased in understanding and religion. Come to me, that you may hear something of sound truth.

Do not unjustly eat fish the water has given up, And do not desire as food the flesh of slaughtered animals, Or the white milk of mothers who intended its pure draught for their young, not noble ladies.

And do not grieve the unsuspecting birds by taking eggs; for injustice is the worst of crimes.

And spare the honey which the bees get industriously from the flowers of fragrant plants; For they did not store it that it might belong to others, Nor did they gather it for bounty and gifts.

I washed my hands of all this; and wish that I Perceived my way before my hair went gray!” – Al-Ma’arri

“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.” – Pythagoras

Thought of the day

A leader leads with vision and wisdom” selfish people cannot be leaders because they cannot see beyond there own interests to see the big picture” a prophet derives from oppression, depression and regression!! The guiding premise of the universe is Morality”..

PEACEFUL

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“THE KNACK!”  Texas Cowboy 😁😁

“THE KNACK!” a poem Sept. 30, 2018 [Sunday]

“Be like children – IF you truly desire,

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN – for which you inquire!?”*

(And what does this mean?) – After 2 thousand years,

Haven’t you figured – – – it-out? My dears?

RESILIENCE-is a-key = two girls in the shower,

You can almost feel – their immaculate power!

It’s THE POWER OF LOVE = overlooking-everything!

Such JOY – Children! Can truly bring,

To The Table! So – we seal our doom,

By-sequestering-them – to another room:

And wait – ‘til they become “adult,”

When “skins of knack” – they finally molt,

CHILDREN WILL LAUGH-AT-YOU, IN-THEIR GIDDY-JOY,

Every free girl – and every free boy,

Who demonstrate – “The Jesus Laugh,”

When they’re touching – in the bath,

When they swing; when they glow,

In a meadow! Yes, we (deep-down) know!

So, whatever happens – be a kid:

DON’T TAKE “IT” SERIOUS(LY)! (Adults’ll-”flip-their-lid,”)

‘Cause adults are slaves – to-the-possession of-THE-SERIOUS,

Whereas children – well, children! are imperious! 🙂

fin. ❤

* – Do you? or have you given up!?

Animal rights 😏😏

BRITAIN: THE WORLDS WORST MASS MURDERER…or The Charles Manson of Nation States

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Freedom was gifted to all humans the day we were born. Use it Wisley💥💥💥

Long Live the Enlightenment💥💥💥💥💥💥

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Kindness 💥💥

Never give up your freedom💥💥

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