Monday, 8 August 2011

DR MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr ON RIOTING

"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 the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government"

"A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard."


But Sons of Malcolm also would like to make clear that we must proceed from a reactive position of rioting, which brings with it the inevitable negative impact on our own communities with our local businesses and homes and families being adversely impacted. We need to move forward from this relatively lower level of disorganised and spontaneous resistance to a more organised, concious, and strategic resistance which builds our power gradually.

The models for this best suited to our situation are the Black Panthers, Sinn Fein and the radical mass movements of Basque Country youth. Especially Sinn Fein shows how a working class oppressed community from imperialism can resist and build up the revolutionary civil mass organisations of the communities.

The best community revolutionaries and grassroots organisers must go into serious discussion as to initiating projects and organisations to meet the demands of our times.

Seize the time.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dr. King never said that. Here's the real quote: "But at the same time, it is as necessary for me to be as vigorous in condemning the conditions which cause persons to feel that they must engage in riotous activities as it is for me to condemn riots. I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard."

Eric Fox said...

I was out in Watts during the riots. One young man said to me... 'We won!' I said, 'What do you mean, 'we won'? Thirty-some people dead—all but two are Negroes. You've destroyed your own. What do you mean 'we won'?' And he said, 'We made them pay attention to us.' When people are voiceless, they will have temper tantrums like a little child who has not been paid attention to. And riots are massive temper tantrums from a neglected and voiceless people.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr. July, 1967