Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam  

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"The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just." --Martin Luther King, Jr., "Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" (1967)

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"Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" (1967) is a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. on the Vietnam War.

Incipit:

"Now, let me make it clear in the beginning, that I see this war as an unjust, evil, and futile war. I preach to you today on the war in Vietnam because my conscience leaves me with no other choice. The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. "

Ending:

"With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when all over the world we will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!” With this faith, we’ll sing it as we’re getting ready to sing it now. Men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. And nations will not rise up against nations, neither shall they study war anymore. And I don’t know about you, I ain’t gonna study war no more."

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