To have the power to NOT fight back after having been treated so badly is one of the strongest character traits anyone can have. It’s easy to throw a punch in anger, but how easy is it to walk away from the fight and try to find solitude with kindness?
Martin Luther King had many reasons to be angry, to want to fight back, to retort in infuriation. But he didn’t. No matter how many names he was called and no matter how many times he’d been thrown in jail, he couldn’t fight fire with fire anymore. He’d see the fire, and he’d extinguish it with the promising words of a hopeful future where any person can walk down the street and not be targeted or scrutinized.
Martin Luther King was a strong man. And I have to question: Would he be happy with how the generations act today?