I wish I could just lift this entire editorial up and place it on my blog...but I'm sure that there are some copyright issues involved. I wish this because I'm sure that many will click away from this post without clicking the link and reading it.
This editorial is not about sewing but it does talk about one of my personal heros, Dr. Martin Luther King...and it does describe an event that is occurring this weekend that though it riles my blood, it emphasize the freedoms that we hold so dearly in America for ALL people.
Here are just a few of the words that touched me:
"...Even by those standards, he goes too far. Beck was part of the "we" who founded the civil rights movement!? "No." Here's who "we" is.
"We" is Emmett Till, tied to a cotton gin fan in the murky waters of the Tallahatchie River. "We" is Rosa Parks telling the bus driver no. "We" is Diane Nash on a sleepless night waiting for missing Freedom Riders to check in. "We" is Charles Sherrod, husband of Shirley, gingerly testing desegregation compliance in an Albany, Ga., bus station. "We" is a sharecropper making his X on a form held by a white college student from the North. "We" is Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando and Pernell Roberts of "Bonanza," lending their names, their wealth and their labor to the cause of freedom.
"We" is Medgar Evers, Michael Schwerner, Jimmie Lee Jackson, James Reeb, Viola Liuzzo, Cynthia Wesley, Andrew Goodman, Denise McNair, James Chaney, Addie Mae Collins and Carole Robertson, shot, beaten and blown to death for that cause.
"We" is Lyndon Johnson, building a legislative coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats to defeat intransigent Southern Democratic conservatives and enshrine that cause into law.
And "we" is Martin Luther King, giving voice and moral clarity to the cause — and paying for it with his life."
- taken from the editorial in The Seattle Times dated Thursday, August 26th, entitled, "Glenn Beck needs a history lesson on the civil-rights movement" by Leonard Pitts Jr.
Please take a moment and read it.