Every life matters. When someone is murdered, the loss cannot be measured. Hearing the grief, the real despair about the future in this country for African Americans expressed after the announcement of the Jordan Davis verdict made me think about the past.
While Pinky and the Brain try to seize control over the world because, well, that's what they do, Paul Craig Cobb has a less noble purpose: He wants to create a White Supremacist haven in Leith, North Dakota.
The true lesson Martin Luther King teaches is the exact opposite of what many take away from hearing the words "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Because that arc doesn't bend on its own. It takes effort. It takes action.
Martin Luther King, as many would argue, and I would be one of them, has essentially been white washed. He's been turned into a figure to represent the civilized movement but a figure that has been stripped of all his radical politics and analysis.
There is history that happened in other parts of the world -- in Africa, in Asia -- but we're not getting that in our books. History/civilization before America existed, while Europe was still in caves.
Racism isn't just about disliking people because of the color of their skin or a religious affiliation or an ethnic affiliation or something like that. When we talk about racism we have to talk about its roots in white supremacy.
In today's StoryCorps broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition, 40-year-old Julie Sanders sat down to discuss a part of her past she has never shared. At age 16, she belonged to a white supremacist group -- and one night in 1988, found herself at the scene of a murder.