Exactly one year before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. took a stand against the war in Vietnam in a speech delivered at the Riverside Church in New York City. "Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence"
One quote that I have had in my quote bag that stood out to me is the following:
...and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to theWe are still "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today", and our culture of violence encourages this obscenity.
greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.
When will we ever learn?
Full audio of the speech.
Full text at the link above.
Repentant ex member of Murder Inc.
Southeast Asia Division