In the days leading up to MLK weekend, we were provided a stark reminder that the struggle for equality is not over.
The profanity in Donald Trump’s words on immigration was not the salty language. The profanity was in the idea he was spewing. He was saying that we should stop allowing immigrants from countries where the predominant skin color is black and brown for countries that are white. Trump wants to make the color of your skin, not the content of your character, the determining factor in opening the doors to the land of liberty.
This should come as no surprise from the man who questioned Barrack Obama’s birth certificate, who started his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists, and who tried to normalize white supremacists last summer. Now the same Congressional Republicans who looked the other way when he bragged about sexually assaulting women are taking to the airwaves as apologists for this racist president.
In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We cannot trust the Republicans in Congress to do the right thing and seek justice over power. We must take that power back and hold this president accountable so justice may be done.
I hope you will get out in your community and march today to remember a great man who challenged America to live up to its promise. We may have a longer way to go than we want, but I believe human goodness and decency will prevail in the end if we stand together. Then tomorrow, this weekend, next month and this fall, we must work for what is right so that justice will “roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.”