On the Time When the Cup of Endurance Runs Over

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Abby Zimet

For Martin Luther King Jr. and the future he helped shape, essays by two high school students in Pittsburgh who draw on the lessons of King's great Letter from Birmingham Jail: Erika Drain on black identity, and Jesse Lieberfeld on coming to understand, as a white Jew, "what I was on the side of" in the Israeli/Palestinian "conflict." Like whites during the civil rights movement, "We controlled the lives of another people whom we abused daily, and no one could speak out against us...(I was) on the side of the oppressors. I was grouped with the racial supremacists" living "under an aura of moral invincibility...to avoid having to face simple everyday truths." More from Glenn Greenwald on King's connecting war with civil rights abuses.

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice." - Martin Luther King Jr.


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