The struggle for freedom on the part of oppressed people in general and of the American Negro in particular has developed slowly and is not going to end suddenly. Privileged groups rarely give up their privileges without strong resistance. But when oppressed people rise up against oppression there is no stopping point short of full freedom. Realism compels us to admit that the struggle will continue until freedom is a reality for all the oppressed peoples of the world. — Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
This is a message from City Hope Church in Alabama. Trey Taylor is the pastor delivering this message. It’s worth the listen.
One reason I believe the Lord led us to move from Minnesota to Alabama was to learn more, and somehow be involved with, reconciliation when it comes to racism. What I witnessed last night was something that wasn’t “new” or something I was on the “ground floor” as a movement. Continue reading “Racism and Reconciliation”
I have made some pretty awful attempts today at writing about Martin Luther King, Jr. I annually reflect on Letters from a Birmingham Jail on this weekend. I have a really long post I pounded out as I reflected not only on Dr. King’s words but the events of this week concerning immigration. That didn’t go well. Continue reading “Dr. King writes to the church today”
After the turkey… after the shopping… plug your brain back in and read/listen to some challenging work. Continue reading “Weekend reading”
I’ve been to a few baseball games this year. I’ve kind of sworn off of NFL games, but not because of Colin Kaepernick. It traces back to the arrogance of the NFL, willfully ignored the concussion issue, and I could go on about that. Continue reading “The Flag, the Anthem, the First Amendment”