Martin Luther King's Son Says Father Would Be 'Disappointed' In Ferguson Riots

| by Kathryn Schroeder

The son of Martin Luther King Jr. says his father would be disappointed over the rioting and violence taking place in Ferguson.

Martin Luther King III told CNN Today in an interview that the reaction of violence in Ferguson over the grand jury’s decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the deadly shooting of Michael Brown is not what his father would have wanted.

“It’s been some five decades since Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, spoke to about 250,000 people there, and talked about his dream for equality,” host Amara Walker began. “What do you think he would have made of the riots we saw last night and the things that incited them?”

“I don’t know that any of us can really speak for my father,” King III replied. “I will do the best I can based on some of his writings and views. I’m sure he would be greatly disappointed.”

King stated his father would probably have felt empathy for the Brown family, and “disappointed that it erupted into a scenario of violence all across communities,” reports Inquisitr.

Martin Luther King was an advocate for non-violence.

“He used to say that violence is the language of the unheard. And he constantly talked about, we must find nonviolent ways to address our conflicts, so he would be always advocating nonviolence, never stooping to and encouraging violence,” King III said.

The rioting and violence in Ferguson has resulted in damage to local businesses, the looting of stores, and injuries. It has reportedly subsided following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sources: CNN, Inquisitr  /  Photo Source: Wikipedia Commons