Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
I live in a world where kids call “Rosa” in order to claim a seat. The first time I heard it was two years ago. Two black girls playfully competed for a spot near the window on a bus. Now it’s common kid speak. I’m glad Rosa Parks’ life and memory still pierce imaginations and culture.
In college, a professor pointed out that Dr. King wasn’t assassinated until he took up the cause of poverty. On his last trip to Memphis, he was engaged with sanitation workers and interested in furthering their fight for a decent wage. Real Christian notions against greed and the mistreatment of “the least of these” were his antidote for the demoralization caused by poverty. King made a promise that one day…one day, truth and justice would right the disparity of conditions that exists among men.
How long? Not long. Because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” (Source)
King reasoned that humanity must become a thing that can live with its own conscience. I find his faith admirable. And I believe him.