Sunday, May 20, 2012

"A single garment of destiny"

An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
 - Martin Luther King, Jr.
I would assume that Rev. King would say that wherever justice prevails is a cause for celebration.

And so I thought of that quote when I saw this cartoon at Daily Kos today. There were no words accompanying the cartoon. Only the title: "...and those other halos...?"

Its the depiction of the other parts of the democratic coalition as somehow angry at this historic moment that is so childish and divisive.  Not only that - its exactly what those on the right would like to see happen.

To be honest, I think its only a very small contingent on the left that buys into this kind of divisiveness. That's why the resolution by the NAACP in support of marriage equality is so important. Heaven knows that group still has a long way to go in their struggle. But they were able to see that we're all in this together.
The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to ensure the “political, educational, social and economic equality” of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.  Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment.
And that brings to mind a guiding principle of Rev. King's legacy.
All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.


  1. Because of course there are no gay members of labor unions or gay environmental activists who applaud the president announcing his support for gay marriage. Kee-rist.

    Is Our Poutrage Lefties Learning? Apparently not.

  2. Yes, the NAACP statement is hugely encouraging, especially since the right-wingers love to reassure each other that blacks are anti-gay and will be driven away from Obama by his marriage endorsement.

    The union I belong to is strongly pro-gay-rights, and I really doubt many Greenpeace members begrudge gays their day in the Presidential sun. We're all in this together, indeed.