Who speaks for the moral voice of our nation? Is it government leaders? Is it religious leaders? Or Is it community leaders?
In times such as these, I look to the one moral leader of conscience for our nation: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His speeches set the moral standard for this nation, and his message is timeless. Dr. King contends that the “problem of race is America’s greatest moral dilemma.” Today, with the recent pronouncements of our nation’s leader, race continues to be our moral dilemma, and it has now extend to be a world dilemma.
Dr. King’s challenge to our national religious communities is to not rest until the issues of discrimination and segregation by income, housing and education are erased from every fabric of America life. It seems that this message has been lost since his assassination 50 years ago. Yes, efforts have been made, but I believe that he would be extremely disappointed in our lack of progress and the deafening silence in this area. More importantly, he would be outraged with those religious leaders who collude and make excuses with the nation’s most powerful leader when hateful and divisive words are spoken in public, but in particular in private, closed-door meetings. His statement and I quote, “It may be that our generation will have to repent not only for the diabolical actions and vitriolic words of the children of darkness, but also for the crippling fears and tragic apathy of the children of light.”
Dr. King message challenges us to have the “fire in the belly” for a moral vision that in reality we are one nation and we are a world family. Today, we have endured for too long national name-calling of public figures, attacks on the press and threats to our First Amendment rights and subjugation of women, to say nothing of outright lying. This is now the new norm. Dr. King would challenge us to be “maladjusted.” Maladjusted to these inequalities and injustices.
Maladjusted like Rep. Maxine Waters “claiming her time.”
Maladjusted like Rep. John Lewis, who will skip Trump’s State of the Union because “ he cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he said about so many Americans. I just cannot do it. I wouldn’t be honest with myself.”
Maladjusted like Jake Tapper, who cut off Stephen Miller, White House adviser, for the combative interview and for his critical remarks to him and CNN on air. Miller had to be escorted out.
Maladjusted like Joy Ann Reid, AM Joy, who had to cut the mic on a pro-black pastor excusing Trump for his racism.
Maladjusted Sen. Dick Durbin, who called out Trump for his profanity and racists remarks regarding immigrants from African countries and Haiti in a closed-door meeting.
Maybe King was right. We need more “maladjusted” people. What do you think?