So of course, last night, on Martin Luther King Day, I caught the Logo telecast of Brother Outsider, Bennett Singer’s brilliant biopic about Bayard Rustin. The crowds I see right now reminded me of the shots of the 1963 March on Washington, a sight of which Marian Wright Edelman said, “If I live 500 years, I will never forget what I saw.” I feel the same way now. I almost wish I were in D.C. shivering along with them.
That film ended with one of my favorite Rustin lines: “We are all one. And if we don’t know it, we will learn it the hard way.” It feels as if America has been ignoring that core truth, taking the hard way for most of the 30 years I’ve been concerned with politics. Tomorrow, the reality of all the pain still in the world will come back; but maybe that sense we have now, that we have each other’s backs, that will remain.
At 46, I didn’t expect to feel something like this.
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