When you prove your critics right with your violent behavior,
you help them and hurt your own cause ...
When you burn the flag for which millions of black people have fought and died,
you mock their sacrifice.
If you feel the Ferguson Grand Jury dirtied the concept of American equal justice under the law ...
You WASH the flag. You do not BURN it.
You aid the cause of those who say you are filled with nothing but hatred and rage.
When you rob a liquor store, you ARE NOT PROTESTING ...
YOU ARE LOOTING.
When you revel in the burning of property belonging to someone else
merely because you are angry and they are white, you are saying that prejudice is right.
You have allowed yourself to become infected with the same sickness that you decry in the police.
Breaking into and stealing from a beauty supply shop is NOT PROTESTING.
It is ROBBERY done shabbily under the guise of civil rights protesting.
BUT THEY FORCED US TO DO THIS!
People can take from you everything but your choice of how to respond to their actions.
You are not shaming your critics by the nobility of your actions and words as Martin Luther King did.
You are supporting their case AGAINST you.
When you burn down your neighborhood to protest how it is being treated,
YOU ARE HELPING THOSE WHO OPPRESS YOU.
MARTIN LUTHER KING endured much worse than you in Ferguson are experiencing.
His nonviolent protest enabled the Civil Rights Act to be passed into legislation.
Your hate, violence, and open looting under the false guise of Civil Rights Protesting cheapens his sacrifice.
Please think about living his dream with
bravery, compassion, and nobility.