I looked up a few of Martin Luther King Jr’s quotes. He was a leader, a visionary and believed in equality for all. In these tumultuous times, the importance of respect for our fellow man is something too many of us have lost. Truth is, having one person lose that respect is one too many.

If you have not seen the video of the young teens from the Covington School in Kentucky harassing the Native American man who is a Vet and served our country, you should. This young teenage boy behaves with such arrogance, distain and superiority and that starts at home.

The quote that I was drawn to is “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.  Our Government is shut down, people can’t seem to agree to disagree, and we have anti-racist sentiment that has become more rampant. I am not sure how the tides turn or where we go next but there are always lessons in history. Today is a good day to think about them.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Looking for something to binge watch today? Eyes On The Prize is only $4.99 on Prime Video…It’s seriously epic viewing. There are so many stories of leadership, heroism, and sacrifice from the Civil Rights Movement, it’s beyond humbling. It’s also disturbing to fully understand just how hard Black people have had to fight and die for their humanity in the U.S. There’s a Part II after that, as well, that goes into the ’80’s.

    1. Gotham Gal


  2. Jay Rolette

    You should take a look at the full video or at least a summary of the complete context. The way they presented those kids in the initial video that went viral completely misrepresents what happened.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Was reading that and saw it yesterday.

      1. Jlix

        I watched the entire video and it did NOT misrepresent what happened. It did show that there were other forces at work and the CC kids were being taunted by the Black Israelites (a very fringe group). But the CC kids did mock the Native Americans (tomahawk chops etc) and another video has emerged of the CC boys taunting a young woman.…DON’T be fooled.

        1. Donna Brewington White

          Turns out it was a different group of kids taunting the woman.In watching these videos, our own inner narrative helps to interpret what we see.I have had three teenage sons who were probably as sheltered at this age as these boys seem to be.

          1. Gotham Gal

            I am not sure it is sheltered as much as it is one dimensional. These days with the amount of information available, I would hope more teenagers would look outside their home as the end all be all on how to see the world.

          2. Donna Brewington White

            Even without the extremes of what they experienced from an ethnic standpoint (not merely African Americans and Native Americans, but religious extremists and activists), I wonder what would have prepared these boys from a small suburban town for the type of provocation and harrassment they experienced from adult-led activist groups in a public setting.I can’t say my own children would have been better prepared. I have raised them to be tolerant, compassionate and respectful, but admittedly shielded them from actors like Nathan Phillips and the Black Hebrew Israelites.

          3. Gotham Gal

            Fair enough. Perhaps raising kids in NYC you are exposed to more elements that you have to learn and understand earlier on.

          4. Donna Brewington White

            So true. And I imagine your kids were more sophisticated at that age than most teens. :)I remember taking my young suburbanite kids to Canter’s Deli (Los Angeles) one night and the shock it was for them. I then realized I had some work to do!Even so, as teens they are/were immensely more socially and self- aware than I was growing up in the Midwest at that same age.