07 August 2011

More MLK on riots

This is starting to seriously bug me. Ever since the riot in Tottenham, many people who should know better have been circulating a "quote" from Martin Luther King Jr. that reads thus:

When you cut facilities, slash jobs, abuse power, discriminate, drive people into deeper poverty and shoot people dead whilst refusing to provide answers or justice, the people will rise up and express their anger and frustration if you refuse to hear their cries. A riot is the language of the unheard.

The first sentence of this is not a Martin Luther King quote.

Martin Luther King on riots

Here's Martin Luther King's quotation on riots, in its context: