Sad day. He did live to 87, though. A nice long life.
I only read A People’s History a few years ago. It help me remember that fighting for social justice requires the fight. We can’t just wait for times to get better, we have to make it happen. Sometimes the fight gets messy or disruptive. That’s what’s supposed to happen.
My copy is currently packed up right now (in the middle of moving), so forgive the paraphrase. There is a Fredrick Douglass quote about never giving up—even when some people think you’ve gone too far. It reminds me of the “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” by King: when is a good time for me to fight for my rights? Why should I wait until it’s convenient for you? They are my rights.
I am an activist by nature. I believe in fighting hard to get what’s right and fair. I march, I protest, I confront. I got tired several years ago of hiding my atheism. So I stopped hiding. I just come out and say it. It’s much better that way. I’m running for re-election this year and I’m sure it will come up. I coached it last time, but not this time. We’ll see what happens!
Fighting the good fight. Thanks to Howard Zinn for that reminder.