In the wake of another police murder, sparking protest across the country, America has adopted a strategy to quell the frustration of my community. The conquistadors of love conquers all are bombarding us with imagery of feel-good narratives, Instructing us on how to protest and overtly quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But they’re forgetting one thing, we’re not fighting for civil rights, we’re fighting for human rights.

Dr. Kings Daughter, Bernice King said something powerful on twitter, “If you’re not working for justice stop calling for peace” and I couldn’t agree more, seeing all of these feel-good narratives being spread around through memes, videos and comments feels a lot like emotional manipulation. It all feels like a sick attempt to bypass justice and leap into forgiveness.

Their Favorite lines are “This isn’t in the spirit of Dr Martin Luther King” or “You’re not honoring Dr King and the Civil rights movement.” or “This Is how you protest.” Yet they fail to realize by using his name to score debate points they’re not honoring his legacy either. Dr. King believed in peace but it wasn’t the obnoxious peace so often throw in our face. He talks about this peace in his speech, When Peace Becomes Obnoxious .

“If peace means accepting second-class citizenship, I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status quo, I don’t want peace. If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace. So in a passive, non-violent manner, we must revolt against this peace.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

A Revolt Is A Revolt and A Protest Is A Protest

Dr Martin Luther King lead a Reformative social movement and according to sociology, its imperative reformative social movements use nonviolence to be successful. Therefore, its understandable why he chose to use nonviolence. However, this generation is leading a Redemptive social movement and according to sociology its imperative to be radical to be successful. Therefore you can keep your obnoxious peace.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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