‘There Are No Victories That Will Bring Us Peace’

Posted: November 25, 2014 in Other Interests
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And the people rioted, for they believed their extreme action was the only way they would be heard…

Until there are no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man’s skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes –
Me say war.
And until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race –
Dis a war.
‘Cause until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained –
Well everywhere is war – war.

Bob Marley (Adaptation of ‘War’ Speech given by Haile Selassie I, 1963)

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It is good and right that we hound the state into giving us justice, but blacks cannot delude themselves into thinking that the state will ever become justice. There are no laws that can be passed or reforms that can be pursued that will allow us to stop being vigilant. There are no victories that will bring us peace. We will never be able to pound our swords into plowshares, because we will always have to be prepared to fight. Dr. King, our beautiful prophet, was wrong. The arc of the moral universe does not lead anywhere in particular, not in this life. If it bends towards justice, it is only because it is pulled that way by our constant effort, by our unceasing straining and sweating and shouting.

I wish I were ending this comment with answers or at least encouragement, but I have none to offer. I just…

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