Saturday, February 09, 2008

Symbols matter

Received a gracious message from a friend in the housing design industry about the op-ed piece published in the Dallas Morning News about the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the whole idea of hooking it to volunteerism.

I found what he said insightful:

"And did you notice how many times the DMN/ others referred to the MLK 'Parade'? I was hung by my ears by a friend in San Antonio when I referred to the MARCH as a parade. However, it seems that it has now become more of a parade / festive holiday.

"And one humorous side note. A lot of stink was raised a few years ago in San Antonio when someone went to a lot of trouble to arrange an Air Force fighter jet fly over the march/parade route honoring a man of non-violent protest."

Words signify meaning, interpretation, expectation and direction. Important symbols that need to be chosen carefully.

Actions speak louder than words.

Jet fighter planes honoring Dr. King?

Strange how our choices and actions so often co-opt truth, especially when that truth calls us to account.


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