In the following commentary, Alveda King responds to the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was allegedly gunned down by a police officer Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri, outside of St. Louis.
This time let’s not spin this into yet another argument over gun control. Let’s do something to stop the killing of our children and our young people. Michael could have been stabbed or choked to death. The method isn’t the problem. The problem is that our society must begin to value life, tempered with justice and liberty for everyone.
Amid reported angry protests of racial profiling, intended peaceful prayer vigils are turning violent as protestors of the youth’s death are taking to streets with torches, looting and stealing and rampaging local business establishments.
This painful incident brings to mind my father, the Rev. A. D. King in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963 when our home was fire bombed by rabid racists. The people were angry and wanted to riot. Daddy stood on the hood of a car with a megaphone and calmed the people. This is not the time to riot. This is the time to pray. Please, protest, stand up for our rights, but do this with nonviolence!
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MLK’s Niece Urges Prayer After Teen Michael Brown’s Killing Near St. Louis was originally published on praisecleveland.com