One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is I've always believed somewhat tongue in cheek. I've read it but have never heard how he delivered it so I'm guessing a little bit, but I think it's close. And the quote is: "We may have all come on different ships, but we're all in the same boat now." Not bad stand-up for a guy with a serious day-job.
His 86th birthday would have been last Thursday, the 15th, and we observed it yesterday here in Norwich, and across the country, on the Monday following his birthday which gave people like me a three day weekend. I used it to find things like this.
The treatment of General Powell has saddened and angered me for the last couple of decades as I worked for him when he was a wee slip of a three star general back in Frankfurt am Main. I would have voted for him had he chosen to seek elected office, but he didn't and I think we're all the poorer for it and that loss has nothing to do with the color of his skin and everything to do with the content of his character.
That said, we paused in these parts yesterday to reflect on what is yet to be done in this country on so many challenges we face. As Dr. King, I'm sure, would tell us, there is no color, gender, religious faith specific solution to what ails us. And whatever we come up with for the cure, it will require all of us but that's more than fair because that's who it will heal, too.