True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. — Martin Luther King Jr
It’s MLK Jr Day so why does it still feel like for every step we take forward, there are dozens of steps back. And if I in my white privilege feel this, how much worse do Black and Brown American’s feel it? It weighs heavily on my heart but despite it, I press forward for justice.
I hope that the Biden Administration has a plan to change these numbers drastically.
When Justice Sotomayor say’s their names:
Justice Sotomayor opens her dissent in U.S. v. Dustin Higgs by saying the names of every person executed by the federal government over the past year. pic.twitter.com/KLHcRTWMIZ
— Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) January 16, 2021
When the threat comes from within.
Clint Smith is a voice we all need to pay attention to!
And finally on Wednesday Amanda Gorman will read her poetry at Biden’s inauguration.
In This Place (An American Lyric) by Amanda Gorman
See you all back here on Wednesday!
Justice Sotomayor’s dissent is powerful! Thank you for sharing. (And I just read that Amanda Gorman was asked to write and read a poem celebrating hope and unity at the inauguration by the Bidens.)
That is a very powerful dissent! How cool that Amanda Gorman will read her poetry On Wednesday at the inauguration – I had not heard that!
I am very much looking forward to Wednesday and to what I hope will be a trend of seeing faces and hearing voices that we just have not seen or heard much in the past four years.
My son and I watched Clint Smith’s History Reconsidered three times yesterday–so powerful, maybe more powerful, every time. (I could say that about every poem I hear him read. Heck, he could read Cat in the Hat and I’d be gripped.) I hadn’t heard or read ‘In This Place’–I really appreciated the format of this video. Reminiscent of the DNC and the introduction of Biden’s cabinet. Changing the landscape…
Judge Sotomayor’s dissent is a very strong statement. Amanda Gorman, reading her poem in her bright yellow coat today (Wednesday) looks like hope. She is such a remarkable young woman.