Earlier this week, I was honored to testify before a special Congressional panel on race and justice in America.I talked about the Zimmerman case, the unfinished business of the civil rights movement, and our work for justice and fairness in the courtrooms and classrooms of our country.
After my testimony, Bill O’Reilly of Fox News attacked me. He said I was making America look bad by pointing out the racial problems we have yet to overcome.
In my view, O’Reilly misses the point in a profound way.
Pointing out the unfinished business of the civil rights movement isn’t bashing America. It’s challenging our country to live out the true meaning of its creed, to borrow Dr. King’s words.
All of us have a responsibility to speak out against injustice and unfairness. That is how our country becomes a more perfect union. Thank you for all that you do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.
Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center