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Empowerer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-16-11 01:37 PM
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62. Here's that sentence in context:
To say that we are bound together as one people, and must constantly strive to see ourselves in one another, is not to argue for a false unity that papers over our differences and ratifies an unjust status quo. As was true 50 years ago, as has been true throughout human history, those with power and privilege will often decry any call for change as divisive. Theyll say any challenge to the existing arrangements are unwise and destabilizing. Dr. King understood that peace without justice was no peace at all; that aligning our reality with our ideals often requires the speaking of uncomfortable truths and the creative tension of non-violent protest.

But he also understood that to bring about true and lasting change, there must be the possibility of reconciliation; that any social movement has to channel this tension through the spirit of love and mutuality.

If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there; that the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his companys union without vilifying the right to collectively bargain. He would want us to know we can argue fiercely about the proper size and role of government without questioning each others love for this country -- (applause) -- with the knowledge that in this democracy, government is no distant object but is rather an expression of our common commitments to one another. He would call on us to assume the best in each other rather than the worst, and challenge one another in ways that ultimately heal rather than wound.


Anyone interested in the the whole speech (rather than one out-of-context sentence) can read it here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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