Thursday, August 11, 2011

quote for the day

"It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard." - Martin Luther King

4 comments:

Phil K. said...

"I want a new television." - The Unheard

Freddie said...

Exactly right; their culture indoctrinates them to feel that their worth is nothing more than their material possessions, while denying them the financial security to attain those possessions.

Anonymous said...

That's a trite, trite, response to the above comment Freddie. You aren't in a position to ascribe motivations to the rioting that the rioters somehow apparently aren't aware of. You make the rioters sound like pawns...who just need some kick of class consciousness or a new awareness of the evils of capitalism...and then things would change and be very different. As for stolen TVs, it's like any of these things -- some people will use chaos for selfish ends. Unavoidable The problem is singling out those less honest folks, like Phil K. sadly does, in order to discount the larger issues.

p.s.
Good quote from King, though. It is timely indeed.

Michael G said...

Anon, I sensed a bit of sarcasm in Freddie's comment. I suspect that there are legitimate political and social complaints by many rioters, but I also suspect that many took advantage of the chaos. Both actions speak to something about British society beyond, "I want a new television."