Before his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior wrote a speech that describes the death of civilization for the United States of America. The speech was sealed in an envelope to be opened in the year 2012 by his children.
Just The Facts
- Martin Luther King was a brilliant visionary. He often said that he'd been to the mountain top, meaning that he was like Moses for his people. It was also a confession that he had visions of the future.
- This prophetic letter is the latest 2012 prophecy.
- The following letter is controversial, because it claims the United States is a violent nation that will annihilate itself through the violence of its military. It offers advice to nonviolent resistors in the end time. The military annihilation of america may come after the threat of martial law.
the following text was written by Dr. King for the year 2012
THE DEATH OF AMERICA
A letter from Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.
To be opened in the year 2012
Evil men plot, burn and bomb. This business of burning human beings with napalm, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged cannot be reconciled. This way of settling differences is Death. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on Military programs is approaching DEATH.
We cannot remain silent as our nation engages in one of history's most cruel and senseless wars. During these days of human trevail we must encourage creative dissenters. We need them because the thunder of their fearless voices will be the only sound stronger than the blasts of bombs and the clamor of war hysteria.
Those of us who love peace must organize as effectively as the War Hawks. It is not enough to say 'We must not wage war." As they spread the propaganda of war, we must spread propaganda of peace. We must combine the fervor of the civil rights movement with the peace movement. We must demonstrate, preach , and teach until the very foundations of our nation are shaken.
I have tried to be honest, to confront the truth. However unpleasant and inconvenient the truth may be, I believe we must expose and face it.
It is time we stopped our blithe lip service to the guarantees of life, liberty and the persuit of happiness. These fine sentiments are embodied in the declaration of independence, but there were slaves when it was written; there were still slaves when it was adopted; and to this day Negro agitation is requiring America to reexamine its comforting myths.
Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power so that government cannot elude our demands. We must develop, from our strength, a situation in which the government finds it wise and prudent to collaborate with us.
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. Advocates of violence fail to see that no internal revolution has ever succeeded in overthrowing a government by violence unless the government has already lost the allegiance and effective control of its armed forces. Anyone in his right mind knows that will not happen in the united states. In a violent situation, the power structure has the local police, the state troopers, and the national guard, and finally the army to call on.
A hundred times I have been asked why we have allowed little children to march in demonstrations, to freeze and suffer in jails, to be exposed to bullets and dynamite. In Birmingham, Alabama, our children, crying for brotherhood, were answered with fire hoses, snarling dogs and even death; brutalized and murdered.
The questions imply that we have a recklessness. The answer is simple. Our children are maimed a little every day of our lives. If we can end an incessant torture by a single climactic confrontation, the risks are acceptable.
We will appeal to your heart and conscience and we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory. We have a power not found in malotav cocktails. I'm tired of violence. Ultimately you can't reach good ends through evil means. Because the means represent the seed, and the end represents the tree.
The old law of an eye for an eye is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in a monologue instead of a dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutatlity in the destroyers.
The nonviolent resistor must agree with the person of violence that evil must be resisted. There were those individuals in every age and generation who were willing to say, "I will be obedient to a higher law." There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust
Words cannot express the exultation felt by the individual as he finds himself, with hundreds of his fellows, behind prison bars for a cause he knows is just. Straighten your back up. Because a man can't ride your back unless its bent.
We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are faced with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.
Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: Too late.' There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on.
I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into hell. I believe that unarmed truth will have the final word in reality. That is why right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men.
I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of GOD and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land. 'And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.' I still believe that we shall overcome.