The violent societal consequences of our government’s use of violence
“As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked, and rightly so, “What about Vietnam?” They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent… A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967) (emphasis added) (Source)
AUDIO – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam” (1967) https://youtu.be/b80Bsw0UG-U via @YouTube
The long list of wars involving the United States: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_the_United_States
The US government, via the US military, uses violence to solve its problems.
Advice for those considering joining the military https://youtu.be/_8rbHwMXMT8
The message our government sends us, by its own example, is: violence solves problems.
VIDEO – American Sniper: Honoring a Fallen Hero? or Whitewashing a Murderous Occupation? http://youtu.be/Olg3VWrXKFI via @YouTube
Chris Kyle, the so-called “American Sniper”, created a mercenary company (Craft International) which has the motto:
“Despite what your momma told you… Violence does solve problems.”
Our boys and young men today are looking up to, idolizing, and wanting to emulate Chris Kyle, whose claim to fame is being a killer.
Our society is telling boys and young men to look up to, idolize, and emulate a man who used gun violence to solve problems.
Are we really surprised so many young men are using violence to solve their problems?
15-year-old shot, killed in Walnut Hills identified https://youtu.be/urjJcleaEwU
Shots fired into KC home, killing toddler https://youtu.be/rZUMhV5qnN4
Police investigate Winton Hills shooting https://youtu.be/I2n3Ww46_2Y
Journalist killed in D.C. shooting https://youtu.be/pdiQsx1MT80
Woman, 7-year-old boy shot dead in Baltimore https://youtu.be/6LXcmT3-C2Y
Cincinnati pastors join together to push back against crime in community https://youtu.be/3z0l7ne-_-Q
Clergy demand bold action from leaders amid violence https://youtu.be/R6X10kwE4Os
Vigil held for Charnice Milton https://youtu.be/ZVnMwc4uTdg