It seems like everyone has a view on Ferguson “Two Different Americas”

Dr Martin Luther King jr

It seems like everyone has a view on Ferguson, but I think that this would be a good time to listen and understand. Martin Luther King, Jr. who foresaw and America capable of mending open wounds, but whose indifference to the Two Different Americas, would open us up to foolishness and outbursts of violence, spoke these words in 1968, in the midst of the same problems we are facing today:

Now let me finally say something in the realm of the spirit and then I’m going to take my seat. Let me say finally, that in the midst of the hollering and in the midst of the discourtesy tonight, we got to come to see that however much we dislike it, the destinies of white and black America are tied together. Now the races don’t understand this apparently. But our destinies are tied together. And somehow, we must all learn to live together as brothers in this country or we’re all going to perish together as fools. Our destinies are tied together. Whether we like it or not culturally and otherwise, every white person is a little bit negro and every negro is a little bit white. Our language, our music, our material prosperity and even our food are an amalgam of black and white, so there can be no separate black path to power and fulfillment that does not intersect white routes and there can ultimately be no separate white path to power and fulfillment short of social disaster without recognizing the necessity of sharing that power with black aspirations for freedom and human dignity.

That is the conclusion, and there are challenges to everyone in this amazing speech:

Download the whole speech and read it in its entirety. It is still vitally relevant now as we reopen the wounds that many would rather not consider. Click to download PDF: See More


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