The diarist eloquently makes a point I've tried to make a number of times about the left of MLK Jr:
I don't think anyone could seriously make the argument that Dr. King was a sellout,
a person of weak moral stamina,
that he compromised with society or accepted marginalization.
Nay, he stood strong - continuously willing to speak out and when necessary suffer for his beliefs. Expecting not exceptions, but real change in the laws and attitudes he challenged, realizing that neither would come lightly.
Yet, significantly Dr. King managed to do something that we too often overlook. He disagreed - strongly. He challenged injustice - but he did not divide.
He drew lines not to exclude others but to demand change. Recognizing change would not come instantly, he still refused to fall into the trap of hating and demeaning his adversaries.
He Did. Not. Divide.
He refused to allow even those who persecuted him to become a "Them." He recognized that whatever the conflict, we will ultimately have to live with those we now oppose and if we are to break the cycle of oppression, not merely change who's in power, then we have to start breaking the cycle in our everyday lives.
Cathy Seipp died today, and as little as she tolerated fools, she's someone who I think would have gotten that point easily. So in her honor, let me suggest that we all remind ourselves of a base truth - "that whatever the conflict, we will ultimately have to live with those we now oppose."
Works for me. Thanks, Cathy, and thanks 'its simple IF you ignore the complexity'...