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SONIC YOUTH (AND EVERYONE ELSE) FELL FOR INACCURATE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. QUOTE…


Sonic Youth:
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

Detroit Free Press:
The correct quote can be found through a Google search in King’s book called “Strength to Love,” which is a collection of his sermons.

The passage reads:

“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. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence and toughness multiples toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”