Powerful Words of Martin Luther King Reaching Into 2018

He didn’t know Trump. But he did know the ones who had trained themselves to look the other way … the silent onesthe passive endorsers of evilthe walking dead. Some are white. But some are black too, middle class blacks that hear a two-story mortgage whispering the consequences of activism in their ear.

Some Bible Belt Evangelists are in church every Sunday, reading the Scripture loudly to drown out the “sh***hole” remarks of their hero, their new hero, because their old hero, Jesus, wasn’t starving out enough deadbeat school kids for lunch or keeping his foot on the neck of ALL immigrants or trimming the social security handouts so old people wouldn’t be such a drain on society. Some are glued to the NFL games, using a cold beer to wash down the name of Kaepernick, forbidding the harsh realities of life to contaminate their precious, empty, mind-numbing escape.

These are the Hitler green light flashers, the wizards of a dark and merciless rationalization, the silent slayers of an eroded humanity. In 2018, these are the walking dead.

-Leander Jackie Grogan-



Deep down in our non-violent creed is the conviction there are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true, that they’re worth dying for. And if a man happens to be 36 years old, as I happen to be, some great truth stands before the door of his life — some great opportunity to stand up for that which is right. A man might be afraid his home will get bombed, or he’s afraid that he will lose his job, or he’s afraid that he will get shot, or beat down by state troopers, and he may go on and live until he’s 80. He’s just as dead at 36 as he would be at 80. The cessation of breathing in his life is merely the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. He died…

A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.

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