It is so good to see the words of the mature vision of Rev. Martin Luther King published. These are the words which do not make us comfortable and self-congratulatory, but challenge us to look clearly at our world, to analyze what we see in the light of our common humanity and interrelatedness, and the recognition that violence is both the child and the parent of fear and hate. It is begotten by them and creates only more of the same.
Dr. King is revered because he spoke truth to power, and declined to take the easy path. We should not forget that he was as reviled in his lifetime as he is now revered. We like to forget that even "people of good will" considered him too extreme and said that he was pushing too hard and too fast. And, when he made the connection between US foreign policy and domestic poverty and racism, they said that he was speaking about things that he did not understand and had no business talking about.
Now that his insight and wisdom has been recognized throughout the world, many persons, and especially those whose positions and influence are challenged by his larger vision, celebrate his civil rights work while ignoring the connections which he made to the economic basis of the international struggle for human rights, peace and equity. I applaud The Source for providing this annual reminder.
Judith L. Bourne
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