Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was interviewed by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes on September 27, 1966, when he said,
I will never change in my basic idea that non-violence is the most potent weapon available to the Negro in his struggle for freedom and justice. I think for the Negro to turn to violence would be both impractical and immoral.
Dr. King said that the economic plight of poor black Americans had worsened over the years. Wallace asked the Civil Rights leader if America could expect more summers of riots.
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Well, I would say this: we don’t have long. The mood of the Negro community now is one of urgency. One of saying that we aren’t going to wait. That we’ve got to have our freedom. We’ve waited too long. So that I would say that every summer we’re going to have this kind of vigorous protest. My hope is that it will be non-violent. I would hope that we can avoid riots because riots are self-defeating and socially destructive.
What would Dr. King have to say about the violent protests and property destruction in Ferguson and Baltimore?