Sandy Banks is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times whose work I have posted about previously. For example:
She just wrote another compelling piece titled, "Evolving fight for equality: Remembering King and reflecting on what remains to be done."
Please read the entire thing, because I can't do it justice by offering a few excerpts to make her poignant and astute points. Banks takes a hard look at how far we've come on this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and how far we still have to go.
Short version: Character matters.
So when will I stop wondering whether the content of my character really matters more to strangers than the color of my skin?
Maybe when I'm not held accountable for the misdeeds of black people I have never met. [...]
It's hard to celebrate progress when we're busy name-calling, finger-pointing and shouting at one another. [...]
I've learned to consider online comments a minefield when I write about race. I cringe when I have to read them.
They tend to leave me angry and discouraged... maybe that nice man in line behind me at the market has a white hood in the trunk of his car. [...]
That same political muscle that helped elect a black president ought to be used to pressure legislators to support our interests: broader access to higher education, affordable healthcare, decent housing, an equitable justice system and stable, well-paying jobs. [...]
Solving those problems won't be as straightforward as eliminating poll taxes or integrating lunch counters. And the solutions won't come from men with stirring oratory and expensive suits.
The real leaders will be fathers who stick around and marry the mothers of their children; mothers who teach their children to respect themselves and one another; teachers, pastors, police officers, neighbors, professionals willing to reach back and mentor.
Please take the time to read the rest here.
The following speeches were some of the best of the best (There were so many!) at today's March On Washington's 5oth anniversary.
The videos show four incredible speeches in full made by a very well-received and news-making Attorney General Eric Holder, nine-year-old Asean Johnson (the youngest to speak), the awe-inspiring Rep. John Lewis (who, at 23, was the youngest speaker 50 years ago), and the inimitable co-organizer of today's march, Rev. Al Sharpton.
You can read my thoughts here: The long civil rights movement: “Everything has changed. Nothing has changed.”
We must keep
#AdvancingTheDream. We have no choice.