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Fifty-five years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., was confronted by a young white man as he traveled by plane from Atlanta to Jackson. Calvin Trillin reported on the exchange for @NewYorker in 1964. Here is part of that conversation: 1/ newyorker.com/magazine/1964/… #TNYarchive #MLKDay
“‘I wonder if I could ask you two questions,” the young man said...”I happen to be a Southerner, but I also happen to consider myself a Christian. I wonder, do you feel you’re teaching Christian love?’ ‘Yes, that’s my basic approach,’ King said. 2/
“‘I think love is the most durable element in the world & my whole approach is based on that.’ ‘Do you think the people you preach to have a feeling of love?’ the young man asked. ‘Well, I’m not talking about weak love,’ King explained. ‘I’m talking about love with justice.’ 3/
“‘Weak love can be sentimental & empty. I’m talking about the love that is strong, so that you love your fellow-men enough to lead them to justice.’ ‘Do you think that’s the same love Jesus taught?’ the young man asked. ‘Yes, I do.’... 4/
“‘I think much more progress was made between the two races before the last few years, when you & other people started inciting trouble between the two races.’ ‘What is this progress,’ asked King. ‘Where was the lunch-counter desegregation?..’ 5/
“‘Where was the civil-rights law?’ ‘In good relations,’ the young man answered. ‘Good white relations,’ interrupted [C. T.] Vivian... ‘Well, I just wanted to ask those questions,’ said the young man. He seemed ready to end the discussion. 6/
“‘Uh-huh,’ said King. ‘Well, I’d like to be loved by everyone, but we can’t always wait for love. Maybe you ought to read my writings. I’ve done quite a bit of writing on non-violence.’ ‘Well, I think you are causing violence,’ the young man said. 7/
“‘Would you condemn Christ for having a commitment to truth that drove men to crucify him? [asked King.] Would you condemn Socrates for having the views that forced the hemlock on him? Society must condemn the robber, not the man he robs.’” 8/
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