In his ‘Letter from the Birmingham jail‘, Martin Luther King placed the struggle against injustice in Birmingham in a larger context:
Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
While those lines are often quoted, they’re more often ignored. For many people, injustice means what happens to them directly, not what happens to others.
Countering that passivity, and calling on progressives allies to stand up, is a video made by one of my students, Phil Reese. It’s an excellent message about civil rights for all, including the LGBT community. In addition to conveying an important message, it’s done in a creative way, reminding us of the many silenced voices around us.
Progressives can’t sit by while Civil Rights are taken away from Americans–help us and become a true ally in the fight for Equality! -HEY #p2 We’re talking to you! AFTER THE VID VISIT http://bit.ly/HEYP2ALLY for more!
I had come across this a long time ago (don’t have an exact source for it, though): An ancient Greek scholar once was asked when justice would come to Athens. He replied, “when those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are.” And so the pursuit of justice continues over centuries…
Martin Luther King was a Baptist minister who lent his preaching and oratorical skills to the movement for civil rights in America during the 1950s and 60s. His motivation came from a radical protestant reading of the Bible, especially the concept that all are equal in the sight of God. I don’t think he gave any consideration to sexuality. His civil rights demands pertained to employment, education, housing and access to all public services.