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Kimes: What we need is compassion, understanding

Posted 1/17/22

Political fighting often brings out the worst in people. Today the tide of hate and division threatens all of us. As we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the crisis in America gives us a prime opportunity to move from symbolism to substance to “...form a more perfect union, establish justice, and ensure domestic tranquility.”

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Kimes: What we need is compassion, understanding

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Political fighting often brings out the worst in people. Today the tide of hate and division threatens all of us. As we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the crisis in America gives us a prime opportunity to move from symbolism to substance to “...form a more perfect union, establish justice, and ensure domestic tranquility.”

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a time to remember the philosophy of non-violent action for creating positive social change, and to pay tribute to those still in the struggle against racism and injustice.

This election season we must individually examine our words and deeds to make sure that we do not sow the seeds of hate and stoke the flames of division and violence. We must end hateful rhetoric and the distortion of truth, which serve only to weaken our democracy.

In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let us work to achieve the dream of economic opportunity, racial equality and peace. Let us renew our commitment to compassion, understanding, kindness and love.

Let the healing begin.

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