“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.
As we enter the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, let’s take some time to reflect upon this American hero’s legacy and what we can still learn from his teachings today.
In America, disenfranchisement is still felt by many, and not just because of the color of one’s skin. However, for many others, much progress has been made. Basic rights for many have been expanded, more economic opportunities exist, and many stand proud of the work of our country’s first black President, Barack Obama.
As a voice for all humanity, Dr. King is frequently praised because of his fight against discrimination, especially in support of African American community during the Civil Rights Movement and his words are an inspiration to those that fight for human rights and social justice. But the work continues.
Across our country, the rich continue to get ahead, while too many others have odds stacked against them in achieving economic justice. For example, a disproportionate number of young men and boys of color enter the criminal justice system only to return to society lacking hope and receiving little assistance towards successful living. Today, too many citizens do not have jobs, or are homeless, or remain trapped in poverty as housing costs continue to escalate, especially in our urban centers. Human rights, social justice and the freedom for one to love whomever they want is an ongoing challenge for many.
In our own hometown, Washington, DC, 670,000 American citizens lack full representation in Congress, and we cannot pass our own permanent laws without Congressional approval.
District of Columbia residents need statehood now for freedom at last!
This weekend, let’s be proud of who we are and what we have. Let’s continue to look out for our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and recommit to advancing the fight for justice for all in the District of Columbia and across our great land.