I can see how it would be possible to spend a lifetime waiting for outrage and certainty, and vaguely regretting that fate did not drop me as an adult into Martin Luther King’s time so I could link arms with him and march for a better world. But these days, even in the absence of racist governors holding fast to segregation, I think there are plenty of causes worth fighting for, and systemic injustices worth fighting against. Like those of the 1960s, today’s causes are matters of life and death, love and hate, riches and poverty. We live in a great nation in which there is nonetheless profound and entrenched inequality of opportunity, and in which access to fundamental institutions still hinges on immutable characteristics. There may not be many demonic oppressors to resist and overcome, but that just makes the work of taking an appropriate and effective stand for justice more complicated, not less important.
So, UMBC, what opportunities do you see to pursue social justice? What are the great causes of our time, and how will you take your stand?