Martin Luther King Jr. Could Teach Liberals Today How To Behave

Most of the United States just had a day off where they stayed home with their families, went on outings, or ran errands to get caught up.

Hopefully, at some point during the day each individual took the time to reflect on the positive aspects Martin Luther King Jr. brought to civil discourse and equality.

Today is a turbulent time in political history, just as it was for MLK, and remembering the power behind his movement is a lesson liberal America needs to take to heart.

On the third Monday of January every year we look to a man of great influence, turning America’s racial injustices on its head.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in January of 1929 and was assassinated in April of 1968. During his all too brief time on this earth, he accomplished more for racial equality than any one man.

As a Baptist preacher, King was already well versed in moving a crowd towards a more moral lifestyle, one that emanates the character of Jesus. Thus beginning his long career in non-violent activism.

He lead the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, following the unjust arrest of Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat on a bus.

In 1957, MLK was chosen to be the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization built to replicate the success of the bus boycott.

Then in 1963, at what many would consider the climax of King’s activism, he aided in organizing the March on Washington to urge legislators to move towards equality for African-Americans.

How he handled conflict when the legislation didn’t side with his viewpoint is something for the left to take to heart. MLK didn’t get a Nobel Peace prize in 1964 for nothing.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” is what King said in his inspirational book Strength to Love, and in a memorable sermon, he gave in 1957 on loving your enemies.

All too often in protests, liberal participants get emotionally charged, dismissing social decencies for violent altercations to display their disagreement.

Treating someone with cruelty, either by yelling profanities or physically assaulting them, only causes the other party to act defensively and carry on the negative air of the exchange; even a child demonstrates that.

Liberals have been engaging in this kind of activism for some time now, all in the name of “injustices.”

The difference in these violent protests on social “injustices”, and MLK’s peaceful protests is not only the obvious approach but that King had a real inequality he was facing.

It has gotten so bad by the left, that they are willing to hurt someone just to stop the free speech of another person they disagree with, as Mommy Underground has previously reported, totally bypassing the foundational principles America was founded on.

Leftist demonstrators are usually yelling about a person with a chosen alternative lifestyle getting their feelings hurt, or they are upset that everybody isn’t agreeing with them.

In the 1960’s the way African-Americans were singled out for the color of their skin, an attribute designed by God not chosen by the individual, was a disgrace to humanity.

Showing love to all people means treating each person with decency and respect, it does not mean that we need to show favoritism to members of the LGBT community or pro-abortionists who want to be publicly praised for their choices.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

This quote by King tests the true character of an individual. Loud leftists who resort to yelling, violence, and disrespect to the fellow human because of their disagreement with those who hold to conservative values shows how good their character really is.

Last year, there were dozens of spontaneous, violent acts towards Trump supporters, as Mommy Underground has previously reported, showing the poor character of many liberal followers.

In one of King’s final speeches delivered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, he said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve,” according to City Year.

A overwhelming majority of leftists are protesting, marching, or violently demonstrating something they want given to them.

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Whether it is healthcare, education, or illegal immigrant citizenship liberals are looking for the government to give them something for nothing.

King and other peaceful protestors of his day were not looking for special treatment, but decent human respect.

If liberal ideologies are able to prevail, it is only because of the oppression they force on others, weighing down the moral spirit of the responsible citizen.

Those on the left must look to MLK for direction on how to engage in healthy debate of political indifference.

In King’s most famous speech on August 28th, 1963, he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

As these words penetrated the hearts of the crowd of 200,000 people in Washington, DC, King did not know how far the ripples of his influence would spread throughout this nation.

When injustices are violently opposed in King’s name, they do a disservice to the legacy that he left behind.

King moved mountains through love, kindness, and peace. And only by these means is there going to be an end to unproductive violent contention.

Please let us know in the comments section how you paid your respects to MLK on Monday.