It was over 50 years ago that Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech and shared with everyone his wish that his children would “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”. But as St. Louis was celebrating his birthday on January 15th along with the rest of the country, President Trump was blasting people from non-white countries.
By now everyone has heard the derogatory remarks Mr. Trump made about many other countries, including Haiti and the collective nations of Africa, saying that instead America should be admitting white people from places like Norway. Perhaps Mr. Trump isn’t aware that choosing immigrants from countries as a race litmus test was an idea raised in the 1920s—an idea that led to race superiority theories in Germany and Italy before and during World War II.
Perhaps Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon forgot about these repercussions when they talked about and promoted the 1924 immigration reform during Trump’s campaign.
I try not to get too political, or too controversial, on this blog. But I, St. Louis, and much of the nation was angry this week, and it reminded me appropriately of another line in Dr. King’s most famous speech: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
There is some good news, however. Below you will find some encouraging news about race relations, a funny video fail by my son, and Nicole Grovosky’s court victory last week.
For now, I leave you with more words from Dr. King, this time from a letter he sent from Birmingham Jail: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are in an inescapable network of mutuality, ties in a single garment of destiny. Whatever effects one directly, affects all indirectly.
So I have tried to make it clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
These words are still very relevant today, as our President makes disparaging remarks about people from other countries.