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  • The King House

    The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)   One night during the Montgomery bus […]

  • Reasons for Riot

    “A riot is the language of the unheard.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) It is hard to explain a riot — whether it is something we see in the streets of Baltimore or in our own homes. When passion and emotion reach a boiling point, chaos and confusion are practically inevitable. A riot, by definition, […]

  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail

    “But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word ‘tension’. There is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Today, if you never have, go and read Dr. King’s essay on justice and necessary action. If you’d prefer, you can hear it read […]