“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
The events that have unfurled and gained momentum on US soil in and following the death of George Floyd are not local to US. Injustice against one anywhere is a threat to justice for everyone everywhere. If we do not join hands today in venting our anger and frustration, we do an injustice to humanity, to ourselves.
Three world leaders have demonstrated the power of protests. Mahatma Gandhi in India. Martin Luther King, Jr. in USA and Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Against one common sin. Injustice and hatred. And the path that these leaders have shown us is the path of non-violence.
Their protest did not stop till the goal was accomplished. The goal of abolition of dominance by one group of people over another group.
In 1893, Swami Vivekananda had travelled across seven seas to Chicago to address “Brothers and Sisters” of America. He talked of love and brotherhood. Across borders. Across religions. Across humanity. And it is he who had also told his fellow countrymen to “Arise, awake and stop not till the Goal is reached.”
Across countries, irrespective of a human’s color of skin, caste, gender and faith, the opportunities must be equal. And everyone must have access to power of justice with equal opportunity. Unless we have achieved that, let us hold each other firm. And we must remind each other the most important question in our life.
As Martin Luther King, Jr. had said “Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”.
At the end of the day, “All lives have equal value”. To reduce inequity, we must be optimist. And impatient till the goal is reached.