In Their Own Words Essay

If Martin Luther King said:

“Avoid riots because riots are self-defeating and socially destructive.”

Are you trying to be defeated by refusing what’s constructive?

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but the means by which we arrive …..”

So, if then it isn’t peace you are after, for what exactly do you strive?

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness (…) {nor Hate drive out hate}.”

You’re not offering light or love, what future are you trying to create?

He made it clear that “the time is always right to do what is right.”

Do you believe that it’s right to do what your riots do at night?

If John Lennon said:

“Protest non-violently because violence begets violence.”

When it’s violence that they reciprocated, will you reciprocate with silence?

“The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humour.”

Will your woke grand standing and lashing out improve things any sooner?

He also said that “Love is a flower you have got to let it grow”

Then do your actions reveal the truth and let your true colours show?

In a song he sang: “All we are saying is give peace a chance”

But is it peace you are looking for in your violent, angry dance?

If Nelson Mandela said:

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

Have you actually manged any change in all the insults that you’ve hurled?

“When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.”

If you could have embraced this thought, would David Dorn still live?

“If you want to make peace with your enemy,…. Then he becomes your partner.”

Do you not see you’re only pawns, can you not hear your masters’ laughter?

“May your choices reflect your hopes, {may they} not {reflect} your fears”

What hope have you left for the wounded and looted other than their tears?

If Mahatma Ghandhi said:

“An Eye for an eye only ends up making the world blind”

What has your violence then created for future human kind?

“In a gentle way you can shake the world” said the gentle little man

Will your actions make the world more gentle, do you really think they can?

He offered this: “The future depends on what you do today”

If he stood looking on tonight, what do’ya think he’d say?

“You must become the change you want to see in the world.”

What kind of future is it then that you are trying to build?

High School
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