“All lives matter” is nothing more than patronizing words of moral cowardice, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. (TNT, 8-23).
In fact, the columnist cringes when a conservative invokes Dr. Martin Luther King’s name, because a conservative couldn’t possibly have read King’s work.
This excerpt was taken from King’s final manuscript, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?”:
“A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men.”
I guess it’s easier for the columnist to spew the dogma of hate towards those who don’t share his politics rather than try to live up to the words written back in 1967.
Were King’s words nothing more than patronizing moral cowardice? No, just the opposite: He was beautifully stating that “all lives matter.”
Darren K. McDonald