“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” – MLK
It’s MLK Day today. I celebrated by reading some of his quotes and watching David Letterman interview Barack Obama and John Lewis.
At times like these, the many gains since the 1960’s seem lost. Instead of an African-American president signifying the permanence of a new era of equality, we find ourselves regressing.
Or, to be more precise, the face of hatred for equality has revealed itself again. Only this time that face is aided and abetted by our President.
My friend put it well. At no point has she and her family been more civically engaged. Their understanding of government and their involvement in civic discourse has never been higher. I could say the same for my family. This engagement can, and must, lead to a counter-reaction to the forces of inequality and ignorance around us.
Today is a day to remind ourselves of the principles that make our country great and that must be defended by us as citizens:
- we are a nation of immigrants, from which our unique strengths are derived
- our diversity must be matched by equality in every way: across ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender
- tolerance and empathy will prevail over intolerance and ignorance
It is both a blessing and a curse that I’ve never felt more connected to Dr. King than right now. May his spirit guide us forward.