What Would MLK Jr. Say About Trayvon Martin?

Larry A. Herzberg7/15/2013 4:20:08 pm PDT

re: #1 neilk

Trayvon Martin was not attempting to advance the cause of civil rights while he walked through the public streets to his home, so I really don’t think it’s helpful to impose the philosophy of civil disobedience on his actions that night. Perhaps if you were making a broader point about how in America in 2013, even walking through your own neighborhood at night is a political act for black youth, but it doesn’t seem that you are.

As far as I can tell, MLK’s philosophy of non-violence was not limited to the behavior of demonstrators, but was rather entirely general, growing out of his Christian values.

Note around 1:20 in the video I just posted: “One of the first principles of non-violence is a willingness to be the recipient of violence while never inflicting violence on another.”