About My View . . .
April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
Those words have haunted me since I first read them almost 40 years ago. I have been silent for so long! I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had the courage to speak about an unpopular subject, people will think I’m a self-righteous liberal whiner–I can think of many excuses, but we are facing social and economic emergencies. It doesn’t matter what people think about me any more. I know I have more than I deserve. It’s not about me.
So much of Dr. King’s literature applies to circumstances we face today. In fact, his message should inspire more citizens now, for today’s crisis knows no racial boundaries. It does not care about heritage, level of education, religion, orientation or gender. Today, more than ever, we need a Martin Luther King to lead us out of the mire. That person will come from and remain one of the working people. We need an intelligent, but not pretentious leader, honest to others, but especially unto himself. Who knows? Maybe my views or your views will reach that person and inspire the courage to lead the fight for right.