“Our destinies are inextricably linked."
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
I hope you’ve had chance to read my story, what has become our collective story, all of the inextricable links between my own fate and the challenges facing our country as we forge our way through the 21st Century. If 100 years was swallowed up by Jim Crow, now it feels like 50 years has been swallowed since the triumphs of the civil rights movement and the birth of Black Power.
There’s no denying that some things have gotten better—and not to acknowledge that fact is an insult to all of those who fought and gave of themselves during those turbulent years—but a lot of things have stayed the same, while others have even gotten far worse.
We can make America what it must become.
We should not forget that in April of 1967, a year to the day before his assassination, in a speech expressing his strong opposition to the Vietnam War, Dr. King made it clear that he considered economic justice essential to racial equality. Right now we have neither economic justice nor racial equality in America. Dr. King would not only be disheartened by the state of race relations in our country today, he would no doubt be aghast at the rise of economic inequality, the decimation of the middle class and the diminishing of the American dream that should be available to all.
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