Martin Luther King was asked about the Nation of Islam’s “aggressive” stance. This was his response.
“But I do feel that this movement does remind the nation of something. And if, in reminding the nation of this something that it so desperately needs to hear and to
know, there may be some contribution, it did not come into being out of thin air; it is symptomatic of the deeper unrest, discontent, and frustration of the Negro. And I think it is an indictment on the laxity of Christianity and the laxity of democracy that a movement like this came into being. And I think that the challenge of this movement is not so much to condemn its philosophy, as I will continue to do, but go out and work harder to get rid of the conditions that brought it into being.”