When I wrote that blog, I received a lot of hate mail and a lot worse. I lost subscribers, friends, and the very lucrative marketing opportunity of appearing on national television up to three times every week.
But because I was so heartbroken over the government’s policy, it was worth it.
That’s MY privilege.
Today I am heartbroken again.
This time it’s over the murder of George Floyd and so many other African Americans in our country who have been senselessly and callously killed. And I’m heartbroken over the incendiary response by the president and the lemming-like party apparatchiks going off the cliff with him.
Even worse, I am heartbroken over the racist response of so many of the people I consider “my fellow Americans.”
When I was a little boy at Leroy D. Fienberg elementary school on Miami Beach, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance every single morning. And every single morning it ended with the same line:
“…one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
If you grew up in the United States, my guess is you recited these lines every day too. Ironically, so did all the people who support systemic racist activities and racist policies.
The Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t say, “with liberty and justice for some. It says, “with liberty and justice for all.”
“With liberty and justice for all” was certainly not the way our country was founded, but in the last 240 years it’s been a goal we’ve been slowly but inexorably moving towards. As I see it, that leaves nothing left for debate. Nothing to be discussed. And nothing to question. “Liberty and justice for all” means just that: Liberty and justice FOR ALL.