Saturday, September 17, 2016

Frost and King

Yeah, I know I get obsessed. Anyway I was at LGM reading about the blathering of Brooks. Capital B, the small b kind babbles. Well, I suppose that's true of both. And there was a link to a criticism of Drew Brees who plays some kind of game with an oddly shaped ball. The criticism focused on one of Martin Luther King's letters from a Birmingham Jail.

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

Since the Frost article has been on my mind the past few days I kinda fixated on that quote underlined. The trouble is, I'm not even sure that he shares the goal of ensuring Trump doesn't reach the White House. Does he agree with criticizing white supremacists, racists and punchers in the face of 69 year old women? I would hope he does. It's just that Hillary doesn't do it in a genteel enough manner for him? Who knows?

That whole piece is great. It's worth putting up in any case. And there's this.

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