But I also want us to think about how we have allowed ourselves to become a people who no longer work for changes that are hard, for changes that take on powerful gun lobbies and hate speech advocates and those who do not believe that a government dedicated to the public good should also pay for health care, including mental health care, for its citizens. I want us to rethink that common lack of commitment to change. I want us to ask ourselves if that is the story, if that is the narrative, that we want to pass down to our children, and to our children's children?
Because I don't think it is. And I am pretty sure Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me. Our narrative inheritance from him is one dedicated to making sure that fine words echo so loudly, and so long, that we have no choice but to act on them. For that is the only way that progressive change happens. If we really want it to.