This quote in isolation is a gross distortion of Dr. King’s beliefs, especially in the context you’re trying to shoehorn it into. It’s the same distortion many conservatives often latch on to.

For a more full and accurate understanding, please see this article in the Atlantic.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/kings-message-of-nonviolence-has-been-distorted/557021/

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