Martin Luther King spoke these words. I find it pretty interesting to revisit them today for #NMOS14
National Moment of Silence in honor of what happened in St. Louis and all the other pointless acts of violence.
— nealcarter (@nealcarter) August 13, 2014
Agreed, it is irrelevant. What happened to Mike Brown has happened to thousands if not tens of thousands throughout American History. That it is still happening today, that at this very moment in time the National Guard is storming Ferguson is atrocious. I shared this post last year two weeks after my birthday. Funny how it still applies 47 years after. We have lost some amazing people this week. Someone who could have changed the future in #MikeBrown from police brutality and #RobinWilliams, a man who changed the lives of at least three generations with his wit and courage. He allegedly committed suicide after his lifelong fight with bipolarism. Although he denied being officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2006, he later came out to Stephen Fry about it. As someone who is bipolar, officially diagnosed in 2007, the stigma attached makes it difficult to say this publicly. People tend to not take you seriously or trust in you in anyway. I realize that today is for a moment in silence for the victims of police brutality, however I think today we can also include all the losses we have had this week. Use the hashtag #NMOS14, find out if there is a place in your town on the google doc, plus watch for updates on the office Facebook Page. Today the National Guard was called in. As I composed this blog post the tweets started pouring forth.
Where do we go from here?
I talked to my dad last night and again was reminded sometimes words do not need to be spoken, sometimes we just need to remember the words of our past. Today (August 14th) is one of those days. It is Wednesday night as I write this and tears fall down my face. I am someone who suffers and survives with Bipolarism nipping at my heels. I also am the mother of five children who I believe need to be given a chance to save the world. I don’t want them to suffer as so many have. By it be at the hands of violence from others or from themselves such as Robin Williams did. RIP Mike and Robin. Today’s reprieve of drama on the Cabin Goddess is for you.
— David Wong (@davidwong1966) August 13, 2014
My parents always remind me to read the words of Martin L. King around my birthday. I am turning 47 on Saturday and this speech was playing when they were waiting for my arrival. As they listened to Rev. King, they were not only moved and impassioned with visions of the future, but they made promises on how they would be raising me. Just like I am sure Mike Brown’s mother raised her son, to succeed and make a difference in the world. Were they successful? Hell you know what? I think I am one of the luckiest daughters alive to have them as parents. Well most of the time, and this week, after watching the horrors of St. Louis I am very thankful to be able to not only have them, but to have my their lessons to give to my children who are such strong individuals. I really do not have much more to add. I believe the speech needs to be remembered again. I believe the police in Ferguson need a reminder of what it means to be part of the human race. It is not the first time this happened and it will not be the last. I hope, however we learn.
I am sure the people of #Fergus0n are asking “Just where do I go from here?” Just as many who are facing life being bipolar, which Robin Williams suffered from, are wondering if this is what will happen to them in the end. If they will be so lost in their own darkness they will give in and take the road Robin Williams allegedly took. Violence is not something we seem to learn from in our history. Whether it is the violence from people in power, such as the #Ferguson police or the tasteless meme’s and stigma bipolar and depression sufferers face on a daily basis. I will let Doctor King answer the question of where we go from here, perhaps something will stick this time.
Martin Luther King Speech – Where do we go from here?
Southern Christian Leadership Conference Atlanta, Georgia 16 August 1967
“An edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring” Dr. Martin Luther King, August 16, 1967
It is perfectly clear that a violent revolution on the part of American blacks would find no sympathy and support from the white population and very little from the majority of the Negroes themselves. This is no time for romantic illusions and empty philosophical debates about freedom. This is a time for action. What is needed is a strategy for change, a tactical program that will bring the Negro into the mainstream of American life as quickly as possible. So far, this has only been offered by the nonviolent movement. Without recognizing this we will end up with solutions that don’t solve, answers that don’t answer and explanations that don’t explain.
And so I say to you today that I still stand by nonviolence. And I am still convinced that it is the most potent weapon available to the Negro in his struggle for justice in this country. And the other thing is that I am 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 these, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can’t 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. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.
And I say to you, I have also decided to stick to love. For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. And I have seen too much hate. I’ve seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. I’ve seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality.
I want to say to you as I move to my conclusion, as we talk about “Where do we go from here,” that we honestly face the fact that the Movement must address itself to the question of restructuring the whole of American society. There are forty million poor people here. And one day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America?” And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s market place. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, “Who owns the oil?” You begin to ask the question, “Who owns the iron ore?” You begin to ask the question, “Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?” These are questions that must be asked.
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“They essentially acted as a military force. It was incredible,” HuffPost reporter Ryan Reilly said of his arrest. “The worst part was he slammed my head against the glass purposefully on the way out of McDonald’s and then sarcastically apologized for it.”