We will see many people posting quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech today, but it is easy to forget that most Americans didn’t support King or the Civil Rights Movement.
Do not forget that King was jailed 30 times after being arrested for acts of civil disobedience and other made-up charges. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and sent to jail because he and others were protesting the treatment of blacks in Birmingham, AL. It was during this particular time in jail that he penned the Letter from Birmingham Jail, to defend the non-violent fight against racism in the United States.
We celebrate as though it was a popular and uncontroversial time, except among a small racist minority. Yet, the fact that we see so many Americans today condemning Black Lives Matter leaders and undocumented immigrant activists, shows we still have so very far to come.
Let us choose Unity and support all human beings. Let us elect leaders who work to unite us as a nation and not divide us through racism and hate. Let us no longer tolerate hate, discrimination and abuse.
Mural by @karenfiorito
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