There is nothing that I really have ready to say today. It is not for lack of trying.
Part of me wants to divert from the terrible, terrible things that have been happening this week. It should be easy because I have largely given up writing on matters of politics and national affairs. However, a respect for George Floyd prevents me from avoiding this topic.
Part of me wants to say something about what happened to Mr. Floyd and has been happening since, but all I can manage is a bunch of half-formed thoughts which have no value right now. Let’s just say that both the left and the right have been tragically wrong about a lot of things when it comes to race, and all of us need to pull back and do some fresh thinking before opening our yaps.
About all I can offer is my observation that I really, really miss the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along about now. It is not controversial to say that the civil rights icon of the mid twentieth century is revered. In theory, at least. Does he rate anything more than lip service today?
If you click this link right here it will take anyone who cares to read it to a speech Dr. King gave on June 4, 1957 – a time fairly early in the struggle for civil rights and in a time and place, I daresay, where things were a lot worse than they are now.
Reading that speech makes me miss the wisdom of Dr. King. His plan for non-violence in response to violence was not an easy sell for him in 1957 and is no easier to sell today.
I leave you with two thoughts.
First, I really hope you will click on the link and read Dr. King’s words – it’s only a little over two pages and gives us an opportunity to consider his proposals in his own words, with his thoughts developed and explained as he intended.
Second, for George Floyd and for all who have lost their lives in the violent aftermath of his terrible death, I offer this ancient prayer: Eternal rest grant unto them oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, in the mercy of God, rest in peace.
1968 Photograph from U.S. News & World Report showing the aftermath of riots in Washington D.C. in the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King – No known copyright, via Wikimedia Commons