|Oh damn! She's gettin' on her soapbox! RUN!|
|Oh hell no! You did NOT just say that.|
I would bet that most students in the US could tell you who Martin Luther King, Jr is. But could they tell you about Medgar Evers? How about William Edward Burghardt Du Bois? Charles Hamilton Houston? Harry and Harriette Moore? Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson? Could they tell you anything about them? Do they even know who they are? Do you?
|Sweet glasses and classy mullet dude!|
This has to be one of those guys, right?
So far, we have really only discussed African American rights, but there are and have been so many more struggles for basic human freedoms and rights. People from many different races, creeds, religions, and both sexes have been abused and neglected throughout our history and the history of the world. It is important that we don't forget the abuses these people suffered and still suffer. We should not forget the Asian American struggle for equal rights, the women's movement and all of its many facets, the mistreatment of Muslims after 9/11, or the hatred directed at LGBT communities.
Keeping With The Times
I am by no means saying that the struggle for equal rights is over for the African American population, but there are now other equality issues that are more relevant to the times and need to be addressed immediately. Like what? How about LGBT rights? Reproductive rights for women? Disability rights? Health care rights?
|I love this angry cat...|
No one deserves to be isolated, spurned, violated, or told they are less than just because they are different. Different colors, different beliefs, and different ideas make us as a species grow, learn and thrive. I believe this day is meant to celebrate equality of all people, from every race, creed and sex, and memorialize all the struggles past and all that are yet to come.
|Apparently sometime between kindergarten and adulthood,|
some of us lose sight of the Golden Rule.