Where Do We Go From Here

April 4, 2016 MLK Would Have Been 86

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In Rhode Island 14% of our neighbors live in poverty. In Rhode Island 27% of our children live in poverty. This is an outrage to my heart. I am asking that we recommit ourselves to asking more of society and be wholly dissatisfied with the current structure. A new commitment to bring equity and justice for all of us. This means a new fearlessness a new unbowed and bold face must be presented. We must answer Dr. King’s question: “What is to be done?” with a resounding answer of……

“I want to say to you as I move to my conclusion, as we talk about Where do we go from here, that we honestly face the fact that the movement must address itself to the question of restructuring the whole of American society. There are forty million poor people here. And one day we must ask the question, Why are there forty million poor people in America? And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, Who owns the oil? You begin to ask the question, Who owns the iron ore?You begin to ask the question, Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two-thirds water? These are questions that must be asked.”

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank You.