How Would Martin Luther King Jr. Feel About The Black Lives Matter Movement?

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There’s been a spike in racial tension in recent weeks due to a number of shootings of innocent Americans. Despite the media portrayal and leftwing narrative, studies have shown there is no racial bias in the fatal shootings of citizens by police. The result has been widespread escalations in violence and racial tensions by ignorant activists, arrogant political leaders, and a reckless mainstream media. Above all, the Black Lives Matter that is feeding off of this tension is inherently racist by declaring that “all lives matter” is a racist concept.

Since when is calling for equality a racist matter?

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The aim of these groups should be to eliminate tension by denouncing the focus on skin color, because we all are created equal. Even Martin Luther King Jr. stated as much in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. From the Lincoln Memorial in August of 1963, King proclaimed that the Declaration of Independence was a promissory note that all Americans had a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not only did he emphasize the message of equality, he specifically noted this promise was made to “black men as well as white men.”

It sounds a lot like Martin Luther King Jr. was not saying just black lives matter, but instead, all lives matter.

Beyond this, King also spoke in the same speech about the need to take the high road. Instead of encouraging violence or acts of disruption that ultimately lead to violence, he spoke of avoiding bitterness and hatred. In speaking of the dream he had, Martin Luther King Jr. stated that in the pursuit of freedom, wrongful deeds must be avoided.

It also sounds like the prominent Civil Rights leader also opposed violence, intimidation, and otherwise disruptive tactics.

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In the “I Have A Dream” speech, King also spoke in favor of white people, noting they all cannot be lumped together as a whole or distrusted. Some of them marched in solidarity with the African-American community, which King notes, shows that there is an understanding that the freedom of both races are bound to one another. If freedom for African-Americans is diminished, it affects the freedom of other races, including whites. It’s a domino effect.

A similar principle was noted by Pastor Martin Niemöller. Initially a supporter of Adolf Hitler, he came to despise Hitler and the nazification of the church. The opposition to the nazification agenda led him to be imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dauchau concentration camps from 1937 to 1945. He survived, but narrowly. After the Holocaust, he expressed regret about not caring about the victims.

It led to his famous poetic speech, which is on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, describing how he did not speak out in favor of the socialists, Trade Unionists, or Jews when the Nazis came for them. Why? Because he was not a member of any group.

And ended with “Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The point Martin Luther King Jr. communicated, above all, was equality. He spoke of the plight of African-Americans and the constant racism that affected them. Racism is real and as it did then, it still exists today. But when we elevate one group above another, instead of focusing on equality regardless of race, it escalates racial tensions and worsens racism. This is why King himself spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial about how we must stand together. He noted that the freedom of all colors are bound to each other. Freedom is colorblind and should exist for all.

Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t bring forth the message “black lives matter” specifically, though he certainly felt African-American lives did matter. He brought forth the message “all lives matter”, noting that not only do African-American lives matter, but whites do as well.

Chris Dixon is a liberty activist and writer from Maine. In addition to being Managing Editor for the Liberty Conservative, he also writes the Bangor Daily News blog "Undercover Porcupine" and for sports website Cleatgeeks.