Sunday, January 14, 2018
One of our inheritances from Dr. King was maintaining hope in the face of despair. The past week has been particularly challenging. The President seems determined to degrade the office as much as possible. It was not enough that the president denies reality, he now has employed profanity to further the shock us and feed his narcissism. We do not know where this behavior will end. The contrast between the dignity of Dr. King and the crudeness of our current president is stark.
The civil rights movement took time to regroup from the grief of Dr. King's assassination. However, among his many lessons was that persistence in the face of oppression brings its own results and the movement survived. Now more than ever we must maintain our dignity and optimism that we can change direction. Dr. King said: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that."