“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
This excerpt, from a speech given in 1967, spoke about the need to restore a deep and abiding humanity in our society.
Never is that more evident than in our public schools, where high stakes testing, privatization, the school to prison pipeline, school closings and the defunding and disinvestment of public education have eroded a foundational public good like never before. MLK’s words today ring more true than ever about the deep greed, racism, and dehumanization embodied in so much of the corporate “reform” movement.
But just as prophetic voices stood against these forces a half century ago, we stand in solidarity, justice and hope side by side with all those continuing the struggle today.