We need this movie.

We need it for this reason: Wherever Martin Luther King Jr. carried his dream, racists and scoffers assembled.

Americans have made some admirable progress since then. But is it over? Was the dream realized?

When I praise this movie that was made in celebration of King’s dream — guess what happens. The taunters and scoffers assemble.

This fellow showed up on my Facebook page, responding to my praise for the film Selma.

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He continued with his condescending, hateful speech. I blocked him so he won’t post such stuff on my pages again. I suppose he feels he was unfairly treated. If so, what an irony.


Today is Martin Luther King Day…

and as I shared a TIME Magazine article about marchers in Alabama who assemble in honor and respect for those who were slain and persecuted — and who still are — in the South, this guy responds to my post:

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When I responded that a march in memory of those who were slain and beaten against America’s own laws and standards of human rights, he responded again.

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Personally, I suspect that those who have to deal with the burden of prejudice every day of their lives are more “tired of it” than that guy.

May the Lord have mercy on America, and may he root out all forms of prejudice and hatred in our hearts.

Sow the seeds of compassion. Take friends, family, and especially young people* to see Selma.



*This film contains scenes that will be troubling in the best ways for adults. But I’d argue that those scenes are too intense for small children.