Every slave grave marks us. It's embedded it into the very fabric of our nation's constitution, in the Three Fifths of Clause that labels Black slaves as property. There is an 500 year old legacy of hate here. I say meet it, with what our Quaker brothers and sisters called their oath "Speak Power to Truth". To not speak truth is to act for a lie.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
So, teachers, we must speak, we must act, but let us do it with the dignity and the love of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
More than any other American, he represents our nation's moral compass of love, dignity, and grace.
Please teachers speak against hate,
Please teachers speak for love,
To not to speak against hate, is to act for hate.
After Heather Hayer's murder in Charlottesville, our children need teachers of moral action more than ever.
But speak, with the dignity, love, and grace of Dr. King, and the fearlessness of Pastor Bonhoeffer.
Silence and apathy are not acceptable,
Jesse The Walking Man Turner
--> If you like to listen to the song comforting my heart through the hate on my walk today. It's Northern Ireland's Omagh Community Youth Choir singing "Love rescue me"