Martin Luther King, Jr. often used to quite Unitarian Universalist minister Theodore Parker, who was the first to famously remark that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
I don’t want to speak out of turn for as great a man as Dr. King, but I think he would be smiling today at this (heck, he probably IS smiling, somewhere, at this piece from the Austin-American Statesman).
This is what it’s about, folks, this is why it matters. I suppose a cynic might say such a story is mostly symbolic at this point…but that’s why you’ll hear cynics described as people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. And I defy anyone to let the full force of this story hit them and then try to deny that the bend in the arc of history just got a little sharper. To quote Dr. King again: “we are determined…to work and fight until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
Yes we are, sir. Yes we can. And every once in a while, we get to pause for a moment and savor a moment like this one along the way: