By: Tiffanie Benfer, Esq.
As someone who works daily on cases involving racial discrimination and other prejudices, I can’t let Martin Luther King Day pass without comment. But, anything I can say is inadequate, both to the memory of Martin Luther King and to the anticipation of our first African American President. Rather than waste time with my own words, I’ve given you a few of my favorite MLK “law, justice and employment” quotes.
“A right delayed is a right denied.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”
“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.”
“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”