Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day. This post is in honor of that day….
I am against violence…
I am against the violence of poverty. I am against the assault on the soul, on the mind, on the body of people who know life is about doing without what they need. I am against the terror of those who must live with their children’s hunger. I am against the fear of those who must worry if they can pay the rent this month. I am against the violence of culture which dismisses the poor as lazy and getting what they deserve while the gap between the rich and poor gets greater and greater.
I am against the violence of health care injustice. I am against people dying for lack of medical care simply because they are poor. I am against the unnecessary suffering of those who suffer from illness and sickness we can cure or treat simply because we lack the political will or integrity to make that care available to those who need it.
I am against the violence of politicians who proclaim hatred and fear as common sense and civic virtue. I am against the violence of the politics of division and suspicion. I am against the violence of politicians who in the service of their own personal ambitions tell us the solution to our problems is in who we need to attack and the walls we build to separate us from each other.
I am against the violence of hunger in a land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am against the violence of politicians who would protect us from the danger of poor people eating too much.
I am against the violence of homelessness. I am against the violence of believing people bring it on themselves and that homelessness is an index of measure of someone’s character.
I am against the violence of a system that tells us that the verdict of our life is in the labels placed on us. I am against a system that our life is but a symptom of my deficiencies and that the things that are important to me are of less value or importance than the same things are for other people.
I am against the violence of those who would treat others as less because of their race, their faith, their gender or living situation. They are a cancer on this planet.
I am against the violence of pharmaceutical companies who would have us believe that the pursuit of their bottom lines are motivated by a desire for scientific truth.
I am against the violence of a society in which we routinely shoot our neighbors and friends at a rate unheard of in other developed countries and then explain it away as the threat of the “mentally ill.”
I am against the violence of those who would justify the death or injury of others as a duty given to them by God.
I am against the violence of those believe that maintaining the health of this planet must come without economic inconvenience. I am against the violence of those who ignore the facts in front of them or try to explain them away in the service of political ideology or economic privilege.
The lesson of Martin Luther King is that you matter and I matter. The lesson of Martin Luther King is that justice is possible and the pursuit of it matters all the time.
I hope tomorrow is a good day for you and you will stand for so many who are unheard and unnoticed. You matter. I matter. We matter. Let’s make tomorrow matter.