The Social Justice Commission encourages you to see the movie Selma or engage in any of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial events scheduled in the Boston area.
For white folks…when did the disparity in equality first resonate with you? When did you feel that our beloved country was no longer the innocent land of the free?
- Was it hearing about clergy, traveling with college students and others to the southern parts of the U.S. to march in solidarity with those seeking equality and voting justice for all?
- Was it the images on nightly television, peaceful marchers being assaulted so blatantly and inhumanely, recorded and flashed throughout the world?
- Was it the pictures of four young black girls killed in church on a Sunday morning in Birmingham, AL by a bomb planted by racists?
- Was it the lynching in Mississippi of three social rights workers by a Ku Klux Klan mob in 1964?
- Or more recently for younger folk…events questioning police actions on people of color, equal voting access in all states, home ownership for all, higher numbers of black men incarcerated because of harsher sentences, etc.
The fight for justice is not over today as we celebrate the legacy of MLK Jr. All must face our country’s history and acknowledge the wrongs committed against so many of God’s children, our brothers and sisters. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was only a mere 50 years ago. Do we have a level playing field yet?