‘A RIOT IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE UNHEARD,’ MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. EXPLAINED 53 YEARS AGO

Rioting and looting isn’t new in America — and it isn’t exclusive to any race. As areas of Minneapolis shifted from peaceful protest against the death of George Floyd to looting, arson, and vandalism on Wednesday and Thursday night, the King Center — founded by Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow to promote MLK Jr.’s “nonviolent philosophy and methodology” — posted this excerpt from King’s 1967 “The Other America” speech at Stanford University.

Speaking two years after California’s Watts riots in August 1965 and race riots in Harlem the previous summer, King spent a few minutes trying to explain the cause of rioting to his predominantly white audience.

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