Martin Luther King Jr. and violence have always gone together like fist and glove. He always planned his “non-violent” protests where he could provoke the most violent response. If law enforcement didn’t initially react violently, well, King’s people would use some of their own Plan B provocations, like spitting on policemen, which they knew their allies in the press would cover up. And if nothing worked, and the police just ignored King, he considered the whole matter a waste of time and other people’s resources.
Since James Earl Ray assassinated King on April 3, 1968, streets, schools, and other buildings have been named after him by the thousand. As is virtually universally known, if you want to find the most violent area in a given city, just head out to any street named “MLK.”
And heading to a street named after MLK, on MLK Day…
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Chief Serpas on shooting on MLK Blvd. on MLK DayNew Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas talks about shooting that left 5 injured.
By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
January 21, 2013 at 1:26 p.m., updated January 21, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.
The New Orleans Police Department said that five people were shot in Central City on Monday afternoon. Police said that the shooting occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on the corner of LaSalle Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
NOPD investigate an apparent drive by shooting left five teens with bullet wounds in front of the Central City Grocery at the corner of Lasalle and Martin Luther King Blvd. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
The shooting occurred near where the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade had passed some 30 minutes earlier. The shooting did not appear to be related to the parade, authorities said.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that the shots were fired out of a white, two-door sedan that drove by a grocery store located near the intersection of both streets. Rapid shots were fired at a group of teenagers who were standing outside.
Five people were shot, Serpas said. All of the victims were male, Serpas said, and they were taken to an area hospital to be treated for their injuries, none of which appeared to be life-threatening.
The car was seen fleeing down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard toward the river and disappeared into the surrounding neighborhood, Serpas said, adding that video surveillance would soon be made available to the public.
Authorities said the shooting did not appear to be related to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, which passed by about 30 minutes prior as residents participated in the 27th annual march to King's statue on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
[N.S.: Whew! Am I glad that they cleared that up. I was wondering!]
"It's the state of affairs in our nation that young men do not heed the words of Martin Luther King Jr.," Serpas said.
[Thanks for this story to reader-researcher RC, who writes, “I knew this was coming.”]