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MLK: Collective responsibility for peace

Letter by Alfred K. LaMotte, Steilacoom on Jan. 18, 2011 at 10:43 am | 16 Comments »
January 18, 2011 10:43 am

Re: “Many faiths pay tribute to King” (TNT, 1-17).

Thank you for the inspiring article on the celebration of peace for MLK Day.

The recent debate on violence in America has actually been about collective vs. individual responsibility.

I used to think that Dr. King was assassinated because we were all responsible for the conscience of America: each word we speak creates ripples of positive or negative power to affect our collective humanity. Each of us must change the violent fearful thinking that forms the social matrix whence individual acts arise, not as random isolated events, but expressions of our national mental health.

Now, listening to apologists for the far right, I hear a different narrative. Am I to believe that Dr. King was murdered in a random act of insanity, for which no one was really responsible?

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