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UNIVERSAL ISSUES / What Did Dr. King Mean by Love?
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 24/08/2017
Translations available: Italiano 

What Did Dr. King Mean by Love?

José-Antonio Orosco

 

As someone who regularly teaches about the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I often spend time discussing with students the ways in which King’s ideas are taken out of context and turned into sound bites in order to support positions he would not himself have taken. The most obvious example is how his most memorable line from the “I Have a Dream” speech about not judging people based on the color of their skin but the content of their character is used to justify attacks on affirmative action—a policy he definitely endorsed—or cited in a way to claim that the best path forward for racial justice is to somehow ignore race and become colorblind. The white supremacist violence in Charlottesville is proof that we cannot simply try to ignore the problems of racism now.

Martin Luther King

All across the country, marches and vigils are scheduled to honor the victims of racist violence and to stand against the surge of white nationalist groups in the United States. People are seeking guidance about how to think about the public and proud resurgence of this form of bigotry. Inevitably, the words and ideas of Dr. King are being invoked, especially his thoughts on the power of love in times of hate. One of his quotes, often bandied about, is this: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
 
But the hard question is what does it mean to love and not hate in the aftermath of Charlottesville? Does it mean it’s somehow wrong to feel angry or violated about people proudly brandishing neo-Nazi symbols on their weapons and shields? Does it mean the best response is to forgive the purveyors of violence like the young man who ran down protestors, killing Heather Heyer, in Charlottesville?

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Courtesy of Peace Voice
Source: http://www.peacevoice.info/2017/08/15/what-did-dr-king-mean-by-love/
Publication date of original article: 18/08/2017
URL of this page : http://www.tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=21322

 

Tags: Martin Luther KingRacismCharlottesvilleUSA
 

 
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