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  •  Thank you for this first-hand and very moving (1+ / 0-)
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    smokey545

    account of the Selma march (or, rather, marches).

    It's quite amazing for me (a child of the 1980's) to think that there was a time, not too long before I was born, when people were treated as second-class citizens and denied equal rights -- in other words, seen as lesser human beings -- simply because of their skin color.

    Yes, I know there is still discrimination today and we have a long way to go, but really, the worldview that would produce such a belief -- that people of a different ethnic group are lesser human beings -- is so far removed from my world or that of anyone I know, that it seems like something out of an alternate universe or a bizarre fantasy tale. That's how utterly alien it is.

    In today's world, we take it for granted that everyone is fundamentally equal. It's quite incredible to think how recently this wasn't assumed to be the case. And heartening to think how much progress we have made, as a species, in so short a time.

    "We are stardust, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." (Joni Mitchell) Join the Forward on Climate Rally on February 17!

    by Eowyn9 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:42:25 PM PST

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