In the final analysis, racial discrimination must be uprooted from American society because it is morally wrong.

It must be uprooted from American society because it is sinful.  And somewhere we have seen in all of the major religious faiths something that tells us that there is something immoral and sinful about segregation and discrimination.  The late, great Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber used to talk about the I-it and I-thou relationship.  And I say segregation is wrong because it substitutes an I-it relationship for the I-thou relationship.  St. Thomas Aquinas used to talk about natural law and moral law and human law.  And I say that segregation is wrong because it is based on human laws that are out of harmony with the natural, and the moral and eternal laws of the universe.  Somewhere the late Protestant theologian, Paul Tillich, said that sin is separation.  And what is segregation but an acquiescential affirmation of man’s tragic estrangement, his terrible separation, his awful sinfulness.  And the great challenge facing the nation today is to get rid of a system that is evil and that is morally wrong.  — MLK, Speech at Illinois Wesleyan University, 1966

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