Civil Rights To Human Rights

Can you believe our government viewed Dr. King’s March on Washington as the potential “sacking” of Washington by Blacks as though they were Visigoths?  That was how they planned and prepared until it became obvious that the crowd had overwhelmed all expectations in numbers, composition and publicity.

Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63
Under Trump, we are experiencing something very similar to what powerful White Americans attempted to do against the civil rights movement.  Once again, the powerful want to silence, criminalize and curtail protest, refute the  possibility of change and diminish concrete improvement.  To our shame, Black Americans and Native Americans are leading once again.  Youth and the marginalized are leading once again.  Division and hate are tools once again.  Lies and propaganda are “truth” once again.  Facts are “fake news.”  Under Trump, saying something loudly and repeatedly, saying anything often enough, makes is fact.

Where is the politician, the movement or the party that will make protest unnecessary?  I KNOW that facts matter, Black Lives Matter, justice matters, gun control matters … every individual life matters regardless of gender, sexual orientation, skin color, race, ethnicity, religion, class, disability, citizenship or immigration status.

I admit I’m not likely to march or to be arrested.  I am not routinely subjected to hate (although I am a woman in IT).  I can, however, stop being quiet, stop looking the other way, and dispute the underlying idea that empowering anyone else diminishes me.

I don’t believe this is another civil rights movement.  It is a human rights movement that will empower our democracy or defeat it.