Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday Word—Dream

Pop says I'm watching history!
I have a dream today.

 "… When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."

Dr. Martin Luther King said those words 50 years ago today. Sadly, 50 years later, this great land of ours is going backward when it comes to civil rights. Our young people are still being shot by vigilantes for being in the wrong place, even if it's in front of their home. The Supreme Court recently struck down the most important portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. There's lots of work left to be done.

I share Dr. King's Dream.
I grew up in da hood in Jersey City so my soul lies with the brothers and sisters Today is a very important day in the annals of history. We cannot let Congress turn back the hands of time and pretend Dr. King's words at that most important march on Washington never happened. Last Saturday at a rally hosted by Dr. King's son and the Rev. Al Sharpton, almost 200,000 people gathered and were re-energized to tackle injustice and income inequality head on.

Once again we have to refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We have to reject the haters and move forward. Always, keep moving forward with love in our hearts to reclaim those riches and spread those riches to include all God's creatures, whether biped or quadruped. Let every anipal have the riches of a forever home and let there be justice for anipals abused and maimed by human hands. Until humans can treat each other with dignity and without malice, we can't expect them to bestow rights on anipals. Until that day, we can expect black cats like Ray Charles and Rachel and dogs will stay in shelters, unadopted, because of superstition. Let freedom ring for all. Let's keep the Dream alive.

You can see Dr. King's speech here on YouTube.

32 comments:

  1. A beautiful and poignant post, CK.
    Thank you for reminding us what's truly important.
    xo

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  2. Y'know, CK, it is moving backwards for humans AND cats! There is so much hatred directed at our feral brothers and sisters right now and I can't help but wonder if it is related to how badly humans are behaving towards other humans, just because they are a different race (or a different sex!).

    In the 1980s, my human assumed that civil rights got solved in the 1960s, and things were just going to improve and get better. She is sorely disappointed at how things have been going since the turn of the century and it bums her out a lot.

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  3. Bravo we say. You are not only stunning but wise too. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Amen, CK! Acting with love toward everyone instead of hate and fear toward those who are different or who are rooted in superstition is one of the hardest hurdles we have yet to overcome.... whether it's peeps mistreating peeeps who look different or not adopting black cats. It's all part of the same problem, really. We hope that improvement will continue, but it's so slow.

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  5. One quote that sustains the Human is "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Some days, it seems to have taken a detour, but we do have faith the universe will course-correct.

    Very nice post, CK.

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  6. Very nice CK. I agree with you.

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  7. Amen CK, we couldn't agree more!

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  8. Savannah, you are a very brilliant and astute kitty, and that was the purrfect post for today. We just heard of one teen shooting and killing another because he was bored. What a senseless act! Oh, how our mommy wishes she could bring Rachel and Ray to live with us. They are so beautiful in their blackness and so in need of the love and protection of a forever home. She knows, however, that a couple of meanies at our house would terrorize them, and it would not be fair to keep them in seclusion for the remainder of their lives. She's praying everyday that the right person/family will come along for them. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  9. Great post, CK! We do need to keep moving forward with love in our hearts, not the hatred.

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  10. This is beautiful, Cathy Keisha. We posted it on our Facebook page.

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  11. You said it my furriend! Things are just going all wrong the last several years and we need to figure out how to get back on the right track. We need to treat each other with kindess and respect, not meanness.

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  12. a veree good point & post CK....even uz who iz knot good at math noe thiz iz 2013; knot 1013....ya noe, if de whole werld saw thru de eyes oh da deer; it may just az well bee a far better place...

    ( deer be color blind ) ~~~~~~~~~

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  13. Well written, CK, very well written indeed!

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  14. Pawsome tribute to MLK and his beautiful Dream CK! Sadly you're right - we are going in the wrong direction as far as cival rights go.... *Sighs*

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  15. I am very proud of you for writing this post CK. Thank you and well done. Yes there is a long way to go - yes we must fight - all around the world we must fight....

    We will never give in, never surrender.

    Marjorie and Dash

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  16. Great post CK!

    Your pal,
    CJ Legend Kitty

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  17. We are so embarrassed that we called you Savannah. We are going to blame the typist, cause we know we would never make such a glaring mistake. Please forgive us C.K. We do know exactly who you are, even with your sunglasses on. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  18. I was at the MLK memorial the day it should have been dedicated. The love was so amazing that day. Great post

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  19. A beautiful reminder that we all need to do our part to keep moving ahead. Thanks CK.

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  20. A beautiful post CK...I would expect no less. It is close to your dear heart and you expressed it beautifully. Love and smoochies. xox

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  21. The ghetto kitteh is a wise kitteh!! x0x

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  22. You are a wise kitteh, Ms. Keisha.

    PurrPurrPurrPurr4Peace
    PurrPurrPurrPurr4DrKingsDream

    Respectfully meowed,
    The Feline Contingent
    (Lilith Kitten Mahoney, Rosco P. Catrane, & Miss Tina Marie Maine Coon)
    And Staff
    (Debby Hanoka)

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  23. Excellent post CK. You are so right too - we seem to be going backwards again.

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  24. Mom and Dad just saw the movie The Butler today...as someone already said..."WORD!"..."The Dream" still is elusive...for people of all colors other than white...and outside the 1%...I don't ever comment politics...but MLK and 'the movement' needs to come again...feel free to delete my comment, Paw Pats from Savannah and Mom Linda

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  25. okey dokey...Mom was lame..just read to the end...and yes...we have feelings, strong ones, about many other issues involved in the adoption of companion animals, such as Ray and Rachel who are both 'black' and special needs...when do we, as humans, become 'humane'...just sayin'...na'mean???..appreciate you putting a face to an issue...Ray Charles and Rachel are still desperately seeking a furrever home

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