On August 28th, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his world famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to half a million people.
The speech was delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dr. King called for the end of racism and called for civil and economic rights. I’d argue, 54 years later, millions of Americans still don’t have those rights and as we’ve seen in Charlottesville racism is still alive and well.
Is it a coincidence that on the 54th anniversary of a speech that has reached millions around the globe that Donald Trump announced he would lift the limits on military gear for police? There has to be at least one person in the White House that noticed this date?
After 16 years of war(s) in the middle east, eventually these wars would come home. The wars come home in the form of economic austerity, in police departments covered with gear made for war, in a public education system that teaches students nothing but obedience, and in Hollywood movies that glorify death by organized murder.
Well, we don’t have Dr. King with us today. All we have is each other. But that’s good enough for me. Is it good enough for you? Let’s take some time to reflect on words of Dr. King and use those words on moving forward. Together.