I read Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail every year around this time, but I was struck by its truth and eloquence and importance even more this year, in this age of Trump. I wonder if the President has ever considered just and unjust laws or read Augustine or Aquinas. Has he ever concerned himself with the underlying causes of oppression in America? Would he scoff at the notion of creative extremism? All we know of late is that he's obsessed with cable news, that he questions U.S. policy on immigration from "shithole countries," and that he pigeonholes staff based on ethnicity. I urge you to read MLK's letter in full -- this excerpt is one of my favorites:
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity."