Why Getting Into Trouble is Necessary to Make Change
This commentary from Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a famous civil rights leader, was selected as an optimistic view because it expressed these types of sentiments:
- People who claim that nothing has changed in the last 50 or 60 years should "come and walk in [Lewis's] shoes."
- Growing up in Alabama, [Lewis] saw constant reminders of the Klan's power. Back in the 50s in the South, most African-Americans could not even participate in the democratic process. That's changed. Despite setbacks and interruptions, our country is in a much better place today.
- Today, Americans must continue to live out MLK's legacy. Getting in "good trouble, necessary trouble" can drive positive change. There is cause for optimism because activists today will help to make future generations even less conscious of race.
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