“It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” How many times do you remember starting each and every school day with the Pledge of Allegiance? More than you can count probably. I never really spent much time understanding what it really meant until I was older. It’s the last 3 words of it that stand out to me the most and it shouldn’t have taken what has happened time and time again to the Black community to finally make me question now this: if we are as a nation really abiding by this pledge to the American flag. I don’t think so and it is my understanding that when we pledge something it is an actual promise or an undertaking. And I believe we have broken that promise and need to fix it now once and for all.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote serves as that reminder that we need to be in favor of justice for all people no matter their gender, race or creed. All means all. End of story. The area of social awareness in my opinion is one of the five areas in Social Emotional Learning that is lacking the most in our society now. It needs to be built into our curriculum in all of the schools so that we can teach our children to be anti-racists. We cannot let what has been happening for centuries continue any longer. We need to read, learn, ask questions and actually do something to make sure that change really does occur and it isn’t just merely words. Every facet of our society, its rules, laws and regulations need to be reevaluated all the way back to when we to our Declaration of Independence. History can be rewritten. We just need to sit down together with every race, creed and gender all represented so that true steps can be made in ensuring that the next time we say the Pledge of Allegiance, it actually truly means “and justice for all.”
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards becoming more socially aware?