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. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (15 January 1929 – 4 April 1968)
This was part of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon entitled “Loving Your Enemies” which he delivered on Christmas 1957 at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
Perhaps it’s time for those who are using the Grand Jury decision to justify acts of violence and vandalism, and for those encouraging and supporting those who are committing acts of violence and vandalism, to stop and listen to what Martin Luther King, Jr., had to say about violence and acts of vandalism among other things.