Yesterday afternoon and most of today, we have been out of class, remembering the martyrdom of The Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. forty years ago. It has been a thought-provoking couple of days.
This morning, we met in small groups and discussed a sermon of Dr King's, essentially a restatement of a letter from the Apostle Paul, addressed to America. It strikes me that although the rhetoric is gentler, Dr. King mentions the same social ills that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Barack Obama's retired pastor) has been preaching on, and getting awful media coverage for.
Why do these people who go after Rev. Wright fail to notice that the same problems that Dr. King identified...real problems, causing real pain, half a century ago...have not been fixed. In some cases, things have gotten worse.
Is it any wonder that Rev. Wright gets fired up about it? And why aren't we all?