quote:Define the terms, MBM. Please!!
Can you have freedom without equality?
In a sense, FREEDOM goes beyond "equality"...
- In his book, "Why We Can't Wait", he wrote,
"Whenever this issue of compensatory or preferential treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our friends recoil in horror. The Negro should be granted **equality**, they agree; but he should ask nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic. For it is obvious that if a man is entered at the starting line in a race three hundred years after another man, the first would have to perform some impossible feat in order to catch up with his fellow runner."
What did Dr. King mean by saying, in essence, "equality" is not enough? Was that him angling for something more. Something closer to "absolute" freedom. When you talk about "equality" you know you are talking essentially about a relative term right?
Relative to whom on relative on what basis? mere "legal" equality? Does that equate to "freedom"?
If you have a problem with FREEDOM *or* EQUALITY, how is it that you can't understand my issue with MLK *or* MX?
I was only going by what I believe to be the "popular" conception of those terms. And they or rather their actual conception in the minds of those equally great men, IMO, are central to the philosophies/strategies of both MLK and MX.
Sorry but you can't evaluate either MLK or MX with really examining how they might have actually concieved those concepts differently and answer whether that accounts for the different stances and different results.
One more question: (you will wonder if this is relevant too)
On principle, do you compromise with a terrorist?