Jan 19

Justice Together

I wrote this piece about a month ago in response to injustices in our criminal justice system. I am republishing in today in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who wrote in his “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”;

“I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.”

 

Please do not take my lack of marching ability as a sign that I am a moderate on these issues!
This is my bullhorn, this is my protest sign, this is my die in demonstration. I am with you my friends in much more than spirit.

 

Will you come take my hand and we will stand for justice together?

My friend and classmate Rashad McCrorey marching in protest to recent Grand Jury decisions.

Will you come take a stand and we will wipe out pain forever?

We may not look the same or feel the same pain but together we can create change.

Will you come take my hand and we will stand for justice together?

Through the years of oppression, sorrow and hate,

There have always been those of us who refuse to tolerate.

Won’t you come and join us so we can celebrate?

Will you come take my hand and we will stand for justice together?

Once there walked a savior who taught about love.

Have we stayed so far from this insight from above?

One day He promised He will return.

Will you come take my hand and we will meet Him together?

(c) Christine J Baxter 2014

The poem above is not perfect or profound to me it is simply my dream for our country. I am not physically able to march in demonstrations with my classmates but I am able to share my words and my pain at the injustices that are tearing us apart.

This is my bullhorn, this is my protest sign, this is my die in demonstration. I am with you my friends in much more than spirit.

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3 comments

  1. Good stuff! I forget that you’ve had a blog for over 4 years.

    1. Thanks for reading. I have been writing since I was a kid. It amazes me that people still want to hear what I have to say.

    • Frank M. D'Ambrosio on December 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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    There are some who stand with you as well. Remember Kathy Sanford-her overall message was restorative justice. Even those of us who can no longer march can still make our voices heard!

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