A word from Jose Morales and The Team at Guild Magazine about the Black Lives Matter movement and the need for change.
"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now." -
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” Those were the words of Mr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1963. Today, over fifty years later, we continue to live in a world plagued by racial and social discrimination. A world where the despicable web that is systemic racism continues to horribly impact the lives of so many in this world.
The abominable murder of George Floyd (and countless people of color) has sparked outrage not only in the United States but across the world. His death – at the hands of someone who is supposed to stand for protection and law – has awakened the consciousness of many. It has united many, and stirred the desire for justice and equality in many more. However, we must not forget that this has always been the reality for our brothers and sisters of color and minorities: living subjugated – and dying – at the knee of the privileged.
It is time for the circle of murder and complicity to end. The deliberate ignorance of the realities that affect so many is no longer acceptable. Turning a blind eye to the pain of so many is no longer acceptable. It is time for each of us to take responsibility in this matter and work to make this a better world. Black lives matter.
The time for change is long overdue. The time to embrace the reality that we are one race is long overdue. It is indeed our hope that all the change that is desperately needed in this world will soon begin to come about. It is time for us to stand together as one.
This fight is not only against racism and injustice but also a fight to save our souls and humanity. Once more, in the words of Mr. Martin Lurther King, Jr., “We must learn to live together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools.” – GM