The murder of George Floyd makes me furious on so many levels. First I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. ❤️ I felt sick, and filled with rage when I watched the video of his murder; I can’t imagine how his family must have felt, and still feel. A nightmare beyond words.
And then I see the rioting and looting in cities across the US and I feel…so many emotions. I am seeing people post how Martin Luther King Jr. stated that, “a riot is the language of the unheard”. But that’s where they stop. They don’t continue to share what he said in the minute after that: “Let me say that I’ve always said, and continue to say, that riots are socially destructive and self-defeating”.
While I could never truly experience the feeling of inequality and oppression that the black community feels (it is ignorant and wrong for me to ever think I could), I can comprehend the rage good human beings feel while watching the murder of George Floyd. We can understanding the cause of rioting, just like Martin Luther King Jr. did, but we must also understand that doing so is further harming the community in which all races live.
Be mad! Be very mad! Make noise! Cry! Scream! But looting from your community, your neighbors, … damaging the infrastructure and endangering other lives, … is something I definitely don’t condone or promote.
We shouldn’t pick and choose which quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. to use in our social media posts so that it appears he justifies rioting; that is so wrong. His ENTIRE voice is what matters, and his legacy also embraces that, “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”.