From Martin Luther King Jr’s wonderful “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech:
If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they haven’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights. And so just as I say we aren’t going to let any dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around.
Free Speech vs Tolerance is a pseudo-battle, fake, based upon a false dichotomy. Tolerance and equality require free speech: it is the foundation upon which they are built.
There are those in America today who would betray his legacy by perpetuating a myth and vilifying the very free speech that gave MLK a voice to change the world. No thanks… I’m sticking with the King.
Now go lift something heavy,