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There's ample precedent for American unrest in the face of injustice — just look at the Bible or the Founding Fathers

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  • While many laud Martin Luther King Jr. as an advocate of peaceful protest, the reverend also firmly believed that riots could not be condemned unless the US also condemned their cause: discrimination and systemic racism against black Americans.
  • Many of King's famous speeches reference moments of unrest and injustice in Christian and Jewish scripture, such as the story of Moses delivering the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.
  • This biblical precedent for fighting injustice has been cited in many American uprisings, including the American Revolution and the Boston Tea Party.
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The civil unrest seen across the United States following the killing of George Floyd brings to the fore the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous observation that "a riot is the language of the unheard."
Taken from his 1968 speech "The Other America," King condemned the act of rioting, but at the same time challenged audiences to consider what such actions say about the experience of those marginalized in society.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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