“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.
You deplore the demonstrations taking place... But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
These words from Dr. King are as relevant today as they were on April 16, 1963, when he wrote his very necessary letter from a Birmingham jail after he was incarcerated for peacefully protesting injustice. In solidarity, he protested, understanding that the injustice experienced by one should be shared by all. It’s this spirit of Dr. King that was evident in a few Niskayuna High School football players and a cheerleader who courageously kneeled in solidarity against injustice.
In solidarity, we wish to applaud these young leaders. It’s their courage that lets us know that there’s hope for our world. Niskayuna High School may have had a lower score on the scoreboard that night, but Niskayuna High School won. To cultivate minds that unite in solidarity against injustice is to win.
Stay encouraged, beautiful spirited young people. We, too, hope that one day, liberty and justice really will be “for all.” Let us all continue to move forward to make this dream a reality for all.