We need to resurrect the message in MLK's Letter From a Birmingham Jail -- the message that continues to call us to seek justice and to understand that "a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
The 2008 presidential race had purported to forever erase the conversation about race in the United States, but here a conversation about race compelled my producing partner and I to create a satiric, mockumentary-style study of race relations in the Ivy League.
For almost exactly a hundred years, Hollywood has been complicit -- no, salient -- in promoting pro-Confederate falsehoods about the Civil War and Reconstruction. Now Spielberg and Kushner and everyone involved in Lincoln have at last declared, "Enough!"
The change that's happening is not just demographic. It isn't that America is beginning to be everyone's country. It's that it has always been everyone's country, and that fact is harder and harder for anyone to deny.
We must stop seeing demographic changes as problems that must be leveraged in order to avoid death and instead see these changes as transformational realities that must be embraced in order to experience new life.
Though it doesn't operate on overtly biological prejudices, it does divide the world between "superior" and "inferior" cultures, the latter of which are marginalized because of their ethnic background and belief system.
One of the more provocative forums of engagement is theater. We've come a long way from enforced segregation, but as Clybourne Park ruefully notes, we have yet to realize Martin Luther King's dream of a color-blind society.
What we know for sure is that Trayvon Martin is dead. We may also learn again that the false assumptions that undergird all sorts of profiling endanger our citizens and visitors, and divide us against each other.
We must not betray the promise of America by continuing to turn a blind eye to the plight of the oppressed in our midst. It is up to us to take up the cause of social justice for which Dr. King and many others struggled.
Thousands of people of all races cried out for justice for Trayvon Martin. We did not know all of the facts, but we sensed that the dynamics of race in America were at play. We blogged, petitioned, donned our hoodies, and we prayed.