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Asking Ferguson protesters to emulate MLK is asking them to ignore history

Martin Luther King is treated after an assassination attempt left a letter opener sticking out of his chest.
Martin Luther King is treated after an assassination attempt left a letter opener sticking out of his chest.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates makes a pretty persuasive argument against calling on Ferguson protesters to follow the non-violent example of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

One thing Coates neglected to mention: "Be like that man the FBI wrote a letter to trying to get him to kill himself."