“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” – Matthew 7:3
By Alveda King
In her new book, DEMONIC: HOW THE LIBERAL MOB IS ENDANGERING AMERICA, Ms. Coulter calls Bull Conner a lame-duck lunatic and takes pride in pointing out that Justice Thurgood Marshall considered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be an opportunist and rabble rouser. If Dr. King were here today, he would likely remind us that in God’s eyes, we are all worth something, and he would encourage us to love each other and pray for each other, rather than choose the path of disparagement that Ms. Coulter uses. God doesn’t consider anyone pointless or worthless. Jesus shed his blood for Bull Connor and for Ms. Coulter. Universal agape love seeks to reach and transform the human heart. Ms. Coulter’s apparent contempt for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is perhaps linked to lack of understanding of the man and his message.
Here are but a few quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nothing about them suggests mob mentality or evil intent.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.”
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
In fact MLK espoused nonviolence and made all his volunteers sign an affirmation to be non-violent.
SIX PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE – Fundamental tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The six principles include:
(1.) Nonviolence is not passive, but requires courage;
(2.) Nonviolence seeks reconciliation, not defeat of an adversary;
(3.) Nonviolent action is directed at eliminating evil, not destroying an evil-doer;
(4.) A willingness to accept suffering for the cause, if necessary, but never to inflict it;
(5.) A rejection of hatred, animosity or violence of the spirit, as well as refusal to commit physical violence; and
(6.) Faith that justice will prevail.
The third principle speaks of ‘eliminating evil’ and the fourth of ‘never to inflict [suffering]’. This does not sound like the mob exciter Ann Coulter speaks of.
According to Ms. Coulter, Justice Marshall called Dr. King a boy. For the record, Martin Luther King, Jr. was not a boy, and such an inference and insult to the purpose of an African American man’s mission from a Caucasian woman again points to a disregard of the zeal of youth. Many young people are willing to give their lives for a noble cause.
Justice Marshall perhaps disagreed with Dr. King’s method and message, but as is often the case, people disagree. “If” is a big word. Ms. Coulter states that “if” Nixon had been elected over President Kennedy, we would now have Thurgood Marshall Day rather than Martin Luther King Day. For the record, we do have a King Holiday and memorials in King’s honor. Sour grapes set our teeth on edge and cause us to consider the message and the messenger.
America is still a relatively “free speech” nation. Hopefully Ms. Coulter’s audience will look also beyond her narrowly presented scope in search of deeper truths.