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Racism – Restraining the heartless

June 3, 2013

 

MartinLutherKingJrWEB

 

“         Racism is exactly what it says.  It is a myth of the inferior race; it is the notion that a particular race is  worthless and degraded innately and the tragedy of racism is that it is based not on an empirical generalisation but on an ontological affirmation.  It is the idea that the very being of a people is inferior.

       Well, it may be true that morality cannot be legislated but behaviour can be regulated. It may be true that the law cannot change the heart but it can restrain the heartless. It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me but it can restrain him from lynching me; and I think that is pretty important also.

               And so while the law may not change the hearts of men, it does change the habits of men if vigorously enforced, and through changes in habits, pretty soon attitudinal changes will take place and even the heart may be changed in the process.   … “

 

                             Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968)

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