US Complicity in Genocide and "Dissent must never lead to disorder.”
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US Complicity in Genocide and "Dissent must never lead to disorder.”

To: Pres. Biden

From: A constituent in Chicago, IL

May 3

I am deeply disturbed by your words, “Dissent must never lead to disorder.” Remember the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: "I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection." Mr. President, you are that white moderate. And you stand now in history as a man who's complicit in the deaths of thousands of children, the deaths of tens of thousands of humans - some of whom are Americans - in Gaza. Holocaust scholars and nations petitioning the UN all agree that what is happening in Palestine is genocide. You are supporting a genocide. And making Americans all complicit by extension.

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