posted on Sep, 30 2006 @ 03:18 AM
Thank you, Tone23 and DTOM for answering my question. This has been a subject I have been thinking about since 9/11. I always wonder if there are
people who can speak out regarding the social ills occuring today. I have also thought about whether the definition behind "civil rights" has
changed due to the chaotic nature that this society is thrown into.
Originallyq quoted by DontTreadOnMe
Who are your candidates?
DTOM, this is a very hard question for me. Simularly to my "Profiles in Courage" thread, this time in history needs social reformers in the worst
way because I believe that we are experiencing the "Gilded Age". The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. The gap between them
becomes wider and wider. We are experiencing a lot of inequalities that happened been demonstrated in a long time.
However, if I had to pick some off the top of my head as representatives of what I'm looking for, I'd name: Rep. John Conyers (D.Mich), Sen. Debbie
Stabenow (D.-Mich.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D. Calif.), Rep. John Lewis (D.-Ga.) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D. Ohio).
These particular people are not the "civil rights/social reformers" of the past, though. I honestly don't think that there is someone with the
name recognition of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Maybe it is because our society probably doesn't know which end is up right now. That is why I
turned the question to the rest of you because there seems to be no one that I can think of that will lay themselves on the line to protest
priniciples for everyone and speak for the least of us.
Too much has happened because of that.
[edit on 30-9-2006 by ceci2006]