Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Then and Now




A right delayed is a right denied.

     ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.




“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began.  For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.  Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”   ~President Barack Obama

Honestly, I don’t have any profound ideas to add to the words these gentlemen had to say.  My only thought is that while we obviously have come far in the days the separate these men, it’s clear that we have so much further to go.  We still have not created full equality for the specific group of people Dr. King fought and died for, and, as the President’s words state, they are not the only group still fighting. 

It is important to me that no future generations of Americans live with inequality as the norm, that it’s nothing but a bad memory by the time I have grandchildren.  And while it seems almost insurmountable now, it’s really easier than we might believe.  All it will take is for each and every one of us to believe now that we really are all created equally, and to teach our children to believe that the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should know no bounds.  Once we truly believe this, there will be no more rights denied, and this journey will finally be complete.

I hope that you will join me.