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In His Own Words

Dan107 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 7:16 AM
Martin Luther King Dr. where you can hear the crunch of shell casings underfoot every Sunday morning. Any word on when Obama is going to do something about the average, everyday, non-white killing zones?
Emilie3 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 2:07 PM
We all have to do something about it. Campaign for getting kids out of the ghettoes and barrios before evil is ingrained in them.

Every year he grows more ceremonial, distant, symbolic, less alive. It is the fate of heroes. Their pictures are relegated to banners, their words become clichés, their very names become streets and boulevards instead of a living presence. Icons. Washington, Lincoln, Lee, Martin Luther King. . . . Our familiarity with them may not breed contempt exactly, but a kind of boredom, and indifference. Haven't we heard it all before?

Maybe, but have we listened before? How long has it been since we've really heard his words and felt their force? And their continuing, insistent relevance. Instead our heroes become fit...