“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” –Jessica Dovey incorrectly attributed to martin luther king jr.*
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” — Martin Luther King, Jr Strength to Love
This quote (printed as one single quote) has been making rounds on the internet. I was one of the people who sent it out, after receiving it. Now another article is circulating that the quote is a hoax. Actually, it’s NOT a hoax. the first sentence is not attributable to King, but the rest of the quote comes from his book Strength to Love. It should be printed as two separate quotes, both worthy of mention. Perhaps the author of the first quote didn’t think his or her words would get the attention they deserved, and attributed it to MLK jr., or perhaps it was sent out as a comment and a quote, and others blended them together to meet character limits on facebook. (I wrote this sentence before finding out the name of the first sentence of the quote, which i have since included, in a later edit.– emma rosenthal)
Don’t get me wrong. As a researcher, writer and activist, I appreciate correct attributions, good research and setting the record straight.
Regardless, the sentiment resonated with a lot to a lot of people. With all the anger and animosity in the world, that we might confuse a mythical Martin Luther King Jr. with the factual one, in a quote that could very well (had it been written a whole lot better!) be attributed to him, speaks of a different Amerika than the one Obomber is representing, a different America than the Navy Seals represent. Martin Luther King Jr. is as much a part of our collective Amerika as all the bombs, and debt dependency structures, and multinational corporations and foreign wars, and covert actions. Should we be ashamed that we tried to find, that we believed, Martin Luther King Jr had words to express our collective grief and outrage, in a nation where the code name for Bin Ladn, during this alleged raid, was “Geronimo” ?
Which is the greater hoax? Really?
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