A Time to Break Silence

“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, ‘This is not just.’ The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break Silence” (delivered 4 April 1967, Riverside Church, New York City) is as relevant today as ever. Maybe more than ever.


Speaking out against #classism #colonialism #militarism is very much relevant to #degrowth and #environmentaljustice. We can’t only do some of this work; we need to do it all.

PS. And, some more essential reading: 6 Speeches and Works that Honor the Full Legacy of MLK (Nicole Cardoza; Antiracism Daily).