Its ugly record of brutality is widely known. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals. I began thinking about the fact that I stand in the middle of two opposing forces in the Negro community.
They have carved a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment. They say that even peaceful protests can be seen to incite violence. Some have been dismissed from their churches, have lost the support of their bishops and fellow ministers.
I have beheld the impressive outlines Unwise and untimely her massive religious education buildings. The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis packed that it will inevitably open Unwise and untimely door to negotiation.
They will be old, oppressed, battered Negro women, symbolized in a seventy two year old woman in Montgomery, Alabama, who rose up with a sense of dignity and with her people decided not to ride segregated buses, and who responded with ungrammatical profundity to one who inquired about her weariness: Where were their voices of support when bruised and weary Negro men and women decided to rise from the dark dungeons of complacency to the bright hills of creative protest?
I think their balance sheet is in good shape; "all walks of life" are participating except for the elite, of course. Not everyone can dress up in black and throw a rock through a Starbucks window, orgasmic though such tactics can be, even for agents provocateurs. Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
In this sense they have conducted themselves rather "nonviolently" in public. There can be no gainsaying the fact that racial injustice engulfs this community.
When I was suddenly catapulted into the leadership of the bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama, a few years ago, I felt we would be supported by the white church. Where were they when Governor Wallace gave a clarion call for defiance and hatred?
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. One is a force of complacency, made up in part of Negroes who, as a result of long years of oppression, are so drained of self respect and a sense of "somebodiness" that they have adjusted to segregation; and in part of a few middle-class Negroes who, because of a degree of academic and economic security and because in some ways they profit by segregation, have become insensitive to the problems of the masses.
Why sit ins, marches and so forth? Let us consider a more concrete example of just and unjust laws.If only Martin Luther King hadn't been "effete"!
The Civil Rights Movement would have done so much better! As I keep saying: A reputation for non-violence is a strategic asset.
Untimely definition, not timely; not occurring at a suitable time or season; ill-timed or inopportune: An untimely downpour stopped the game. See more. Unwise definition is - lacking wisdom or good sense: foolish, imprudent.
How to use unwise in a sentence. lacking wisdom or good sense: foolish, imprudent; not.
The day of his arrest, eight Birmingham clergy members wrote a criticism of the campaign that was published in the Birmingham News, calling its direct action strategy “unwise and untimely” and appealing “to both our white and Negro citizenry to observe the principles of law and order and common sense” (“White Clergymen Urge”).
Share your dream now and visit the King Center Digital Archive to see more than 10, documents from Martin Luther King's personal collection and. Letter From Birmingham Jail 1 A U G U S T 1 9 6 3 Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. I came across your recent statement calling our present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom, if ever, do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas.
One of the basic points in your statement is that our acts are untimely.Download