“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
Perhaps you’ve seen the above quote. If not, perhaps you’re familiar with the second half of it. I know I was. Like many of us who understand the complicated sequence of racial oppression within the historical narrative of the United States, you have been graced by the powerful messages evoked by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, the above quote is not the words of MLK. Well, not all of them. The latter half of the quote (starting with ‘Returning’) actually finds its roots within Dr. King’s book, Strength to Love. The first half, though eloquent, was written by a woman named Jessica Dovey, who made her statement in a Facebook status to chastise those who were celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden. She then followed her statement with the latter quote from Dr. King, and the quote quickly became a new sensation, quickly being posted on Twitter and on numerous individuals Facebook pages.