As America today celebrates civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and anticipates tomorrow the inauguration of the country’s first black president, it’s time to recall the slain leader’s call for unity and his disdain for hate, the state’s Republican Party chairman says.
“We will begin a new chapter in America’s political history tomorrow when Barack Obama is sworn in as the next president of the United States,” Gary Jones writes in an e-mail to GOP supporters. “While I’m sure Republican and Democrats will have many classic battles over the next four years, we must be careful to not cross the line into hateful speech and debate.
“Articulating the differences between Republicans and Democrats is a must, but it should be done in the right way.”
Jones included in his message a quote from King, who was killed by an assassin’s bullet in 1968:
“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”
Jones said King’s words are invaluable “as we enter a new year and a new chapter in American politics.”
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau