"I am aware that there are many who wince at a distinction between property and persons–who hold both sacrosanct. My views are not so rigid. A life is sacred. Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being…. The focus on property… is not accidental. It has a message; it is saying something…. Because property represents the white power structure, which they were attacking and trying to destroy…. Those people wanted the experience of taking, of redressing the power imbalance that property represents."

–Martin Luther King Jr. (1967)