Tuesday, February 23, 2016

James Farmer on the Civil Rights Movement

"The dead will not return, and our martyrs will stay at peace. We survivors have got a second wind, and the young will draw their first.
Martin left us with a dream unrealized and a promise unfulfilled. Our nation deceives itself with the fiction that the task is complete and racism is dead and all is well. The myth surrounds us that America has suddenly become color-blind, and that all that remains is an economic problem.
No greater lie has ever been told, and the tellers of it, if they have eyes to see and minds to think, must know it.
The tired among us must recharge our batteries. The uninitiated must learn to gird their loins. We have not finished the job of making our country whole.”

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