Quotations appearing at the end of Do the Right Thing
"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both
impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a
descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old
law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is
immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather
than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather
than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on
hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes
brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue
rather than dialogue. Violence ends by destroying itself.
It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the
destroyers."--Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I think there are plenty of good people in America, but
there are also plenty of bad people in America and the bad
ones are the ones who seem to have all the power and be in
these positions to block things that you and I need.
Because this is the situation, you and I have to preserve
the right to do what is necessary to bring an end to that
situation, and it doesn't mean that I advocate violence,
but at the same time I am not against using violence in
self-defense. I don't even call it violence when it's self-
defense, I call it intelligence."--Malcolm X