They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American dream.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., September 18, 1963.
Eulogy for the Young Victims of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing
I am impressed with the clarity of Dr. King’s words, sad that our President had to evoke them this week, and ultimately confused as to why we refuse to recognize their application to the innocent victims of 9/11, Ft. Hood 2009, or the Boston Marathon 2013.