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  •  Cheers to keeping on (17+ / 0-)

    I was nine years old on this date in 1968, and still nine a few weeks later when Bobby died.  How this country survived and has come back to a place where progressive values are increasingly ascendant after all that happened that year and in the aftermath of that year, is nothing short of a miracle.  Who knows what this country would be like today had those awful days not occurred?  Yet, I no longer despair.  Thank you to all of those here who refused to give up in the face of overwhelming tragedy and resistance.

    The following was composed and recorded on that awful day 45 years ago:

    Happy birthday Chen Yi:

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 06:09:43 AM PDT

    •  True story. (7+ / 0-)

      I'm watching tv when there comes a news break announcing that MLK has been shot and killed. I go upstairs to the bathroom door behind which my Dad is enthroned and tell him the news.

      "Someone shoulda shot his old man 50 years ago," is the response I get.

      I walk away confused. I'm almost 12 and I don't get what was so bad about reverend King or his Dad. So I pay attention over the ensuing days to everything on the subject. I finally came to the conclusion that my father, who I love and respect, is a seriously flawed human being. And I learn to love people who have flaws and to be realistic about the balance/imbalance that lies in most of my friends, family, neighbors and strangers. His bigoted snark was a turning point in my young life and in my socio-intellectual development.

      Years later, two cousins marry interracially and another is in a long term relationship as such. Dad learns that he has been wrong for a very long time and, to his credit, says as much to me, knowing how I feel on the subject. Generally, he became much more open-minded to the point that a short conversation changed his mind on marriage equality.

      It is odd and often wonderful what the side effects of a major world event will do and for how long the effects will continue to happen. I grew immediately from the event of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. I was profoundly affected. Me, a little white boy in a farming community of white people. For Dad, it took longer. But he got there, and in my own way, I helped him to.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:08:40 AM PDT

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      •  I remember RFK's killing but not MLK's (5+ / 0-)

        I was watching the TV when he came onto the stage in LA to give his California primary victory speech ("..on to Chicago!").  And was still watching a few minutes later when they announced that he was shot.  I was nine years old, and was watching it alone.  I don't know why.

        We didn't have a TV in 1963, so the JFK shooting only had an indirect impact on me.  I didn't watch the TV coverage, aside from seeing the funeral at a friend's house.  But the RFK shooting is indelibly etched in my mind, along with Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon, and the Challenger explosion.

        Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

        by aravir on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:21:04 AM PDT

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