"I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says:
'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action'; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a 'more convenient season.'
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”
-Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, August 1963
In a nation founded on white supremacy the belief that white people are inherently superior to all other races; structurally, a system of racism that keeps white people in social, economic and political power and with a legacy of systems built on enslavement and exploitation of African Americans and American Indians, white privilege remains a holdover that affects every aspect of society, including voting rights and political power. Read More »