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Protests are “meeting physical force with soul force”

In front of a crowd of 250,000 people on August 28, 1963, one of the many profound things Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said was:

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream speech. (Google Docs link opens in new window.)

I am with those of are in fear of violence and persecution.

I listened to numerous speeches today as part of Spotify’s featured recent George Floyd death protests playlists.

… this nation is more than the sum of its parts – that out of many, we are truly one.

Barack ObamaRace Speech, March 18, 2008, The National Consitution Center. (Link opens in new window.)

Why do I dare comment, you might ask? People laughed at me for optimism yesterday.  Being online is scary. Putting one’s ideas and beliefs online to be scrutinised or ignored.

People act mean and/or irrationally when they are in fear, and don’t realise they do it to others.

Like hungry wolfdogs, we get defensive and might attack, verbally or defensively.  This is magnified terribly in physical spaces.

In my optimistic opinion, the protests will die down as the fears lessen due to people removing themselves from the streets due to physical daily necessities. Food, supplies, sleep, administrative duties.

Lawmakers and other caring people will make decisions that make changes.  The struggle moves on, metamorphosing.

Changes are inflationary – they’re snowballing, thanks to our increasingly connected world. Individual skirmishes are shamed globally.

When will the shameful laws of preventing free immigration of people due to nationality, race, or culture end?

We all want to show we care. We care.

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