by Michael Donner, PhD
This last comment stunned me. It was if the writer had forgotten that King was beaten, arrested, jailed, spied upon and ultimately assassinated. Although beloved by some of his followers, he was hated and reviled by many others. Dr. King was a disruptor who marched illegally, blocking bridges and roads in protest, disrupting a system and pushing against the boundaries of what was too long considered acceptable.
It was in this spirit that protestors shut down a bridge. It was disruptive political speech that demanded we pay attention, and debate and consider ideas that we might otherwise take for granted. When we argue about the appropriateness of college students' demands for safe spaces against microagressions, we consider something that we had previously taken for granted. Police brutality and the use of deadly force is not new, but iPhone videos are exposing practices that too many of us had not seen before.