Remembering Martin Luther King’s Message


Niel Cooper

Protest November 25 2014

Harry G. Karadimos

The recent passing of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday should remind us of the senseless sacking, looting and burning in Ferguson, Missouri back in November of last year. This event has become another despicable moment in American history and proved that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of peaceful protest was lost during the Ferguson riots.

During the riots, police cars were flipped and some were set on fire by visigoths trying to correct perceived injustices caused by Officer Wilson in his melee with Michael Brown.

On the day he was shot to death, Brown threw a shop operator around like a sack of garbage on video then waltzed down the middle of the street like he owned the town itself. Shortly after being asked to get off of the street by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson police department, a fight ensued and Brown was on the receiving end of his just desserts or bullying a shopkeeper, delaying traffic and fighting with a cop.

It is common knowledge, however, that racist police have killed blacks long before the Michael Brown case, so it is understandable that blacks would have their guard up because of this event Back in 1964, Neshoba County, Mississippi Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price arrested and turned three Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) civil rights workers over to the Klu Klux Klan. They were executed as a result of this betrayal.

James Chaney, one of the three CORE members that were killed, was black. The other murdered civil rights workers Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman were both white.

But in the case of Officer Darren Wilson, where is the evidence that he was racist like Deputy Sheriff Price? If anything, it appears that Officer Wilson was defending himself against an abusive thug who took pleasure in robbing and pushing around a shopkeeper much smaller than him. Even if Officer Wilson was acting illegally by shooting Brown, does burning down businesses in the neighborhood bring justice?

The wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his peaceful method of protest is obvious here. If peaceful civil rights workers are beaten or killed by police, the police look bad and it becomes obvious as to whom the bad characters are.

But if people seeking justice, for a shooting they consider to be performed by a racist cop, protest violently by destroying the town that they live in – to the amazement of millions watching worldwide – then the protesters look like the bad characters. Therefore their violent protests are contradictory to the goals that they are trying to achieve.

The Ferguson vandals have disgraced the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with their violent behavior. If there was a need to find justice for Michael Brown, it is certainly lost at this point. Not to mention the many businesses that may not reopen due to the fact that marauders have stolen their merchandise and burned down their buildings.

The hordes of non compos mentis have put their town, the credibility of the black community and their business districts in a fix that could take years to resolve. As a result of their stupidity, they could ultimately turn Ferguson, Missouri into a town no one in their right mind would invest in.

All of this could have been avoided if the protestors would have taken into consideration the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. who practiced non-violent resistance. His birthday has recently passed. Sadly, it would hardly be a surprise if the Ferguson protestors even noticed.