It was a beautiful sight to see the crowd that attended the Veteran’s Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9. My own war was over 40 years ago, but the young men and women who served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve our support. I’ve been appalled at the level of commitment people have toward our vets; there are lots of people with bumper stickers saying they “Support the Troops,” but, when asked what they do to support the troops, they have no answer.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The opposite of good is not evil, it’s apathy.” I took that to mean we all need to get involved in making this a nation of equality. Whether the cause is vet’s rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights, voting rights, or anything else, I believe in what Henry David Thoreau said: “Civil disobedience is not a right, it’s a duty.” As a nation, we need to work diligently for civil rights for all and we must push to ensure that all people in this nation are treated with dignity and respect. Until that time comes, our claiming to be a democracy is a just not true.
Adjunct Professor of Sociology