“But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a believer that “nonviolence is the strongest approach.” In his Montgomery, Alabama 1957 sermon titled “Loving Your Enemies,” Dr. King preached “Discover the element of good in [your] enemy, and everytime you begin to hate that person and think of hating that person, realize that there is some good there and look at those good points which will over-balance the bad points.” Then he continued to say, “When we forgive, we forget in the sense that the evil deed is no longer a mental block impeding a new relationship.”
Thus, I surround myself with those who likewise believe in nonviolence, love, and the capacity to forgive. Nonviolence, love, and forgiveness coupled with the dream component of image are ingredients to Dr. King’s dream for “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners [to] be able to sit together at the table of Brotherhood.”
Even though some in very high places have dubbed me as a Neo-Confederate for The Lost Cause, nonetheless, I am committed to remembering African-Americans who served in various capacities with the Confederate States Army because they too earned recognition as United States Military Veterans. Therefore, I remind my oppressors of Dr. King’s dream of Brotherhood/Sisterhood and his words on how I am to respond in regards to nonviolent resistance. Dr. King said, “Nonviolent resistance does resist. It is dynamically active. It is passive physically, but it is active spiritually.”
In this humble spirit, I sit at the table with the descendants of Confederate Soldiers. Thus, on this day of remembrance, I am actively living Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream.
Highlighting the good in humanity,