Thursday, June 27, 2013

In Search of Dignity

 ("Joining Together in Justice")

It is the connective tissue of struggle against oppression that binds those with diverse issues and voices.

Victories, however real, are never without question and easy tomorrows are never assured.  Words and even mandates are poor match for hearts and minds filled with contempt and disdain.

The ruling on the Voting Rights Act failed to recognize these realities and turned a blind eye to the ever ready efforts to diminish and extinguish the voice and power of minorities.  Racial bigotry is not dead, it is a chameleon and has merely changed its facade. So too, the decision on university admission policies disengages from truths that remain painfully self evident.

And while it is time to applaud the gains made in the struggles of those whose sexual orientation has left them the target of the worst discriminations, even those cheers must be tempered by the knowledge that there is still much work to be done.

Lest we forget, Roe v Wade has been the law of this land for four decades. But those who stand in opposition remain undeterred in their battle to diminish and eviscerate until there is little left but the shards. Vigilance in the face of  relentlessness is not an option but a mandate.

It has been a tumultuous few days for the many in search of the freedoms to which each one of us is entitled. They are once and forever linked and their causes joined in the never-ending pursuit for recognition of the dignity and purpose in their lives.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A succinct piece on the last few days. I hope you submitted this to the NYT's.