January 16th, 2006

Pastor Niemoller

On This Day, For Mama, Miss Ethel, & Dr. King

Him: (disgustedly) Your Mama doesn't care if you kiss niggers?
Me: (confused but feeling very uneasy about this new word) Kiss a what?
Him: That nigger woman in your house!
Me: I don't know what you mean, you mean Mama's friend Miss Ethel?
Him: Our nigger maid isn't allowed to sit down and watch the TV at my house.
Me: (incensed that he called her a "maid", this other strange and new word, and climbing down the treehouse ladder) You shut up, I'm gonna tell my mama what you just said!

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I made a post on MLK day last year about rasicm and one not long ago about Ruby Bridges, so I thought I'd stay in that same tradition. I felt this post would only be appropriate on a day like today were it ended with a quote from a man whose work I admire greatly in spite of any alleged fallibility that might have marred his reputation in life, the legacy for good that remains is far more substantial and imminently more sustaining. So I thank you, Dr. King, for not only being who you were born to be, but for being an inspiration to myself and many to be a voice and to use it loudly and unapologetically.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

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