In 1967, MLK Jr says:
““Let us say boldly that if the violations of law by the white man in the slums over the years were calculated and compared with the law-breaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man. These are often difficult things to say but I have come to see more and more that it is necessary to utter the truth in order to deal with the great problems that we face in our society.””
His attitude changed in the last couple of years of his life. His first public acknowledgement of that was a year prior when he said, “a riot is the language of the unheard” on 60 Minutes.
He advocated for non-violence but he recognized that it was not always going to be that way and that it is understandable BECAUSE the hardened criminal is the white man who enacted and enforced the polities that led to a situation where such riots seemed the only option for the unheard and that it is understandable that they riot, even though he preferred and advocated for non-violence.
Unfortunately, he was also assassinated.