Saturday, June 13, 2009

Why We Can't Wait: Not Only Is It Immoral, It Will Not Work

What these people do not realize is that gradualism and moderation are not the answer to the great moral indictment which, in the Revolution of 1963, finally came to stand in the center of our national stage. What they do not realize is that it is no more possible to be half-free than it is to be half-alive. . . .

We can, of course, try to temporize, negotiate small, inadequate changes and prolong the timetable of freedom in the hope that the narcotics of delay will dull the pain of progress. We can try, but we shall certainly fail. The shape of the world will not permit us the luxury of gradualism and procrastination. Not only is it immoral, it will not work.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can’t Wait (NY: Mentor, 1964).