Martin Luther King Jr.: Nonviolence Is the Sword That Heals -- Sightings (Rory Johnson)
On Monday we will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We do so in the shadow of increasing racial tensions. As a white male, I am conscious of the fact that my identity is not a contested one. It has always been assumed in America that my life matters. What has not always been assumed is the #BlackLivesMatter. I found this meditation on forgiveness published this week as the Thursday edition of Sightings to be worthy of a close reading. It is written by an African American professor of religion. His words might help us bridge seemingly unbridgeable divides. As Dr. Rory Johnson notes Dr. King spoke of nonviolence as the "sword that heals." May this be true for us. Read and respond.