A Perversion of Virtue (the Charleston shooting) | The Angriest Black Man In America

Throughout the decades following slavery the use of Christianity as a buffer to Black rebellion and resistance endured. During the Civil Rights era, Dr. King – a southern preacher – taught a philosophy about non-violence and the power of love to overcome all. A noble perspective; however, this philosophy was perverted by those who sought the survival of white supremacy. They held Dr. King on a platform to contrast him with more aggressive and militant forms of resistance such as that seen by the Black Panthers and the Black Nationalists that followed Garvey. It was only okay for Black people to seek justice and change through non-violent measures and those with more militant affinities were made to be threats to national security (remember COINTELPRO and what they did to the Black Panthers?). Again, Dr. King’s religious beliefs rooted in southern Black church ideology about forgiveness and turning the other cheek was used to try to subdue the pending Black rebellion. It was not until later in his life as Dr. King began to question his non-violent philosophy after witnessing Black body upon Black body brutally beaten, ravaged, lynched, tortured, and imprisoned. There were very few writings Dr. King penned about these thoughts before he was assassinated (how convenient for the white supremacist who tolerated him).


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