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MLK on #concern-troll ing & #tone-argument s


Perhaps one of the best descriptions of the concern troll even before any proper nomenclature was by Martin Luther King in, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his 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 cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."[1]

[1] Source: Washington Post: Martin Luther King Jr.’s scorn for ‘white moderates’ in his Birmingham jail letter, The Washington Post, DeNeen L. Brown, January 15, 2018.

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cc: #intersectionality #feminism


Holy crap @dan hassan that's an amazing quote, and so very topical today. Why does it seem like no-one ever learns from history?

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