Desperate men do desperate deeds. It is not they who are irrational but those who expect injustice eternally to be endured. I am convinced that a single dramatic massive proof of concern that touches the needs of all the oppressed will ease resentments and heal enough angry wounds to permit constructive attitudes to emerge.
I regret that my expression may be sharp but I believe literally that
the life of our nation is at stake: here at home. Measures to preserve
it need be boldly and swiftly applied before the process of social
disintegration engulfs the world of society.
Mr. President, this is an emergency state as surely as was the recent
crisis in the railroads of our nation. Unless Congress can be motivated
to act immediately upon some creative and massive program to end
unemployment, we face the possible spread of this tragic destruction of
life and property. I urge you to use the power of your office to
establish justice in our land by enacting and implementing legislation
of reason and vision in the Congress.
That's Martin Luther King, Jr writing to Lyndon Johnson, July 25, 1967 .