Black History Month

So many things to reflect on this month, some extremely positive and some appalling.

We have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go.  Equality is a vision and in many minds and hearts an obvious truth, but in the larger society there is still work to be done.

I continue to read stories about cross burnings and other hate crimes.  It is inconceivable to me that these acts are continuing to happen, that such ignorance and hate can exist in people’s hearts when the writing is on the wall: it is all too clear how human we all are, how much we share, how we are equal in every way except how we are treated (and how we treat others).

I also continue to read stories that inspire me and give me hope: Obama’s reelection, people joining together to fight for human rights of all stripes: racial justice, same-sex marriages, freedom of religion, and so much more.

It has been 49 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 went through Congress.  How far we have come.  And how we must work even harder and have more resolve in our bones and love and our hearts to make sure this document is followed to the letter in everyday life, 2013.

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