Those Who Do Not Want to Change

You may have heard of a few folks getting together in Washington, DC today to celebrate the anniversary of a famous speech by Martin Luther King. Some of the headliners were Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Dan Riehl has good overview of the reactions by those who, by their actions and their words, seem to not want all of us to be judged by the content of our character rather than the color of our skins:

Think Progress attempts to sterilize today of any emotion. No surprise, it is always and only about politics to the Left, even when they are winning: Political Rally Or Not? We Report, You Decide.

Crooks and Liars pretends to sleep through it. But I gather they’re too frightened for much sleep, otherwise, they wouldn’t attempt to cover themselves with the race card: Snoring Honor: Beck’s big rally just a long-winded and boring sermon. And boy, was the crowd white.

Bob Herbert at the New York Times is mortified that the dream King offered to all of America might slip a blacks and progressives only grasp that has turned it more into a nightmare, than a dream. He doesn’t want it to actually become America’s dream, as King intended. It does too much to empower Herbert’s politics for him to want that. Today, Herbert’s dream, stolen from King, has nothing to do with equality. It’s been twisted into a superficial and often ugly means of gaining and holding onto political power.

There is more, so be sure to go read all of Dan’s coverage.

I cannot and do not speak for others who were at the rally today, but for myself I would like to say that I am not calling for anyone to forget the history of our country. We ought not to forget the historic ill-treatment of blacks any more than we should forget any other terrible events. But we must both understand it in context (the things we’ve gotten right as a nation) as well as do our best to move past the constant flagellation of those who would continue to draw blood from us to pay a debt that is infinitely un-payable by humans.

Please understand that I do not mean to belittle the suffering of any by the following statements, but would like to note that there has been more than enough injustice in this world.

From what I gather, my ancestors on one side of the family were Huguenots. Members of the family and others of like mind were royally abused during the time of the St. Bartholomew Day’s Massacre (which lasted far more than a day). Many members of the Huguenots who were able fled to Germany to avoid further violence against their persons and properties. Their timely departure is part of the reason I am here today.

I’m certain that in any group of people, we could find the descendants of those who have been grievously wronged by reason of their religion, their ethnicity, their language, their–pick any dimension of humanity that you wish. Again, this is not to diminish in any regard the injustices done to any group by any other group.

We have all learned that this life does not see the redress of all grievances, nor the resolution of all injustices. If someone takes a life–and loses his life as a result–has the debt been paid? Judicially, yes. In real terms? No. We cannot un-ring the bell.

At the same time, we have also learned that if we only and always dwell on what was done to us or our parents or our grandparents, or whomever–that we will never, never be free of the burden of bitterness which must accompany such thinking.

To live our lives always in the shadow of past is to waste the present and to discount the future.