RALLY: Conflict and coincidence
Jan. 20 is a day to remember and celebrate the vision and life’s work of Martin Luther King Jr. Advancement of voting rights, nonviolence, organizing against racism, poverty and cruelty with principled methods that changed hearts and minds is just a fraction of what the civil rights movement sacrificed for. Dr. King’s vision transcends beyond any country, demographic or religion. With deep compassion, his words speak to all of humanity.
The Coeur d’Alene Press reported that a Second Amendment rally will be held on Jan. 20, with a controversial Washington state representative speaking. I support the First Amendment right of all people to peacefully assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances. I support freedom of speech even if I deeply disagree with the content or tone of someone’s rhetoric. However, I can’t help but wonder if the fact the rally is scheduled on MLK Day is an organizer oversight or if it’s a deliberate action.
There are other events scheduled locally in the spirit of MLK Day. Many choose to dedicate themselves to a day of service. I hope the Coeur d’Alene Press chooses to allocate its reporting resources to the meaning of the holiday and social media feeds are filled with inspiring MLK quotes and positive actions. Coeur d’Alene is a kind and giving community that should reject all forms of bigotry and hate.
“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” — MLK
Elevate positivity. Reject toxicity.