When looking at events in the world today, we can rightly be horrified by the racism and violence we see. In such times, it is important to take a step back and look at the wider scope of history. As Martin Luther King Jr. has quoted, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Perhaps the reason why so many of us are disturbed by the words and actions of racism today is because they are in such sharp contrast to the celebration of diversity that dominates our society. We need to remember, however, that not long ago inclusion was seen as a threatening and radical idea by the majority of our population.
What brought about the current shift in thinking? In essence, it was a realization that love is more powerful than fear. When we look at the history of the world, we see this discovery being made time and again, often in small increments.
In the face of violations of human rights, our past is filled with people who had the courage to speak the truth. Their words resonated in the hearts and minds of those who heard them because there is something good inside each of us that embraces the dignity of humanity. Indeed, when we are able to see beyond the lies of hatred and segregation, we see the power of diversity.
We still have a long way to go in creating a world where every child everywhere is able to achieve her or his potential.
The arc of the moral universe is indeed long, and it is now up to us to bend it toward justice.