"We don’t need the Ferguson report to know that’s not true," he said. "We just need to open our eyes, and ears, and hearts, to know that this nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us.
"What is our excuse today for not voting? How do we so casually discard the right for which so many fought? How do we so fully give away our power, our voice, in shaping America’s future?" he asked.
The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Alabama not only called truth to light but calls for accountability from those who sacrificed for civil rights/voting rights. He called for the nation to band together to ensure America has a great future-with many races and genders coming together to ensure justice for all and the rights of all citizens. He called for an end to divisive thinking and competition to prove one group is more American than another group. Most endearing was the call for respect for those who sacrificed by challenging those who refuse to vote when blood was shed for this right so many take for granted. He challenged the next generation to step up and step forward to guarantee a better future. I was moved, touched, and inspired to see all colors, nations, and ages to walk that bridge hand in hand w/those who were present walking the bridge where so many bravely called for justice 50 years ago.
Selma and other events commemorating bravery, freedom, and a stand for justice must never be forgotten. Freedom and civil liberties were not free and were purchased through blood.
The questions? How do you honor those who walked that day? Do you believe the United States is still equal for all residents? Do you feel there is more work to be done regarding civil rights/equal rights? Do you think race relations have improved in this country?
Yes, I honor those that marched on that day in 1965.
While things have somewhat improved, inequality is still part of the American experience.
There is plenty more that needs to be done to maintain gains made, and to move more of the emphasis into economics
As for improved race relations, that depends upon your point of reference. But, over the last 2-3 generations, I have to say things have improved.
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