True Peace

So long as the Negro maintained this subservient attitude and accepted the “place” assigned him, a sort of racial peace existed. But it was an uneasy peace in which the Negro was forced patiently to submit to insult, injustice and exploitation. It was a negative peace. True peace is not merely the absence of some negative force–tension, confusion or war; it is the presence of some positive force–justice, good will and brotherhood.

— MLK, Nonviolence and Racial Justice, an article in Christian Century, February 1957

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