Dr. King, one of the heroes of this story, was among them.
Some of this might sound familiar…
Birmingham, Alabama was one of the worst places in America to be a Black American, so the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Dr. King's crew, the SCLC) decided to go there to demonstrate against the segregation laws. They did, and according to plan, many people were arrested.
Actually, he might not have said that last one.
While he was resting in the cozy confines of the Birmingham City Jail on the charge of "parading without a permit," he had the pleasure of reading a in the local paper written by some white clergymen. It said Blacks should just put up with their miserable situation until everything was "resolved" in the racist local courts. After all, isn't that what Jesus would do?
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The clergymen called MLK an "outsider" (from the distant land of Atlanta) and portrayed him and the rest of the activists as a bunch of rabble-rousers. As if that wasn't enough, they commended the police for being so and with the protestors (they might have had a point if the Birmingham police used instead of German shepherds). Stay out of the streets, Black people, they said. Be patient.
Hahn, L. E. ” Signal Mountain, TN: Tuggle Books, 1996
Waaaay back in ancient America (1963), before we lived in today's utopia of perfect racial harmony, there used to be a thing called racism. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act took care of all that.