Nothing is oppressing you. You are free the moment you realize that you are.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Do you know what it was? King felt that the declaration of independence “was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” He felt that blacks had been written a bad check that came back marked “insufficient funds.”
King didn’t whine because he got a bad check. He KNEW about the promise of our forefathers and his unalienable rights.
“But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”
King was dealing with a black issue in that moment, but his words can just as easily apply to a GLBT issue, an immigrant issue or a women’s rights issue. They can just as easily be applied to this moment.
He said, “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”
King wasn’t gathering his brothers and sisters to tell them to be afraid. He was reminding them of WHO THEY ARE. I am here to remind all of you right now WHO YOU ARE!!! You are Americans with unalienable rights to freedom and the security of justice.
Feel it in your bones. Know it in your hearts. Be NOT afraid.