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Some Trump supporters

thought NPR

tweeted

propaganda.

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It was the

Declaration of Independence.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE

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We hold these truths to be self-evident,

that all men are created equal

that they are endowed by their Creator

with certain unalienable Rights,

that among these are

Life,

Liberty

and

the pursuit of Happiness.” 

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This has been called one of the best-known sentences in the English language,
containing
the most potent and consequential words in American history”
The passage came to represent a moral standard
to which the United States should strive.

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This view was notably promoted by Abraham Lincoln,
who considered the Declaration of Independence
to be the foundation of his political philosophy,
and argued that
the Declaration of Independence is a statement of principles
through which the United States Constitution 
should be interpreted…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence

 

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& the pursuit of Happiness

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The Declaration of Independence was a collaborative, improvisational text created by visionaries of freedom.

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Thomas Jefferson’s “original Rough draught” is on exhibit
in the Library of Congress.

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We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable;
that all men are created equal & independent,
that from that equal creation
they derive rights inherent & inalienable,
among which are

the preservation of life,

& liberty,

& the pursuit of happiness

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XIWISHIKNEW                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2011  

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Let America Be America Again

Langston Hughes

 

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I Too, Sing America

Langston Hughes 

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PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER

Patti Smith + Fred “Sonic” Smith  1988
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I was dreaming in my dreaming
of an aspect bright and fair
and my sleeping it was broken
but my dream it lingered near
in the form of shining valleys
where the pure air recognized
and my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry
that the people / have the power
to redeem / the work of fools
upon the meek / the graces shower
it’s decreed / the people rule
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The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
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Vengeful aspects became suspect
and bending low as if to hear
and the armies ceased advancing
because the people had their ear
and the shepherds and the soldiers
lay beneath the stars
exchanging visions
and laying arms
to waste / in the dust
in the form of / shining valleys
where the pure air / recognized
and my senses / newly opened
I awakened / to the cry
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The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
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Where there were deserts
I saw fountains
like cream the waters rise
and we strolled there together
with none to laugh or criticize
and the leopard
and the lamb
lay together truly bound
I was hoping in my hoping
to recall what I had found
I was dreaming in my dreaming
god knows / a purer view
as I surrender to my sleeping
I commit my dream to you
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The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
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The power to dream / to rule
to wrestle the world from fools
it’s decreed the people rule
it’s decreed the people rule

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LISTEN

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I believe everything we dream
can come to pass through our union
we can turn the world around
we can turn the earth’s revolution
we have the power

People have the power

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Make🇺🇸 America🇺🇸 GR8🇺🇸

by living

your life

🚀💞🎉HAPPY🚀💞🎉

+

keep faith

in knowing

everyone’s

pursuit/practice

of

😎HAPPINESS😎

is the 

art/core of OUR

freedom

the radiance, 

the improvisational,

the life-affirming 

the creative energy

+

                   💞the heart body soul💞

 of our

🇺🇸America🇺🇸

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happiness

 [hap-ee-nis]

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noun
1. the quality or state of being happy.
2. good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

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Synonyms:
 pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction.

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Inauguration Day                                                                                                  Donna Dennis  2017

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America’s current POTUS is NOT a HAPPY man.

PERIOD.

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Thomas Jefferson

would NOT invite

our current POTUS

to

“sit in”/ improvise/collaborate/contribute

in the creation

of

OUR

Declaration of Independence.

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The current POTUS is an ANGRY man.

Self-centered.

The Dance of LIFE + JOY is dead in him.

Sad.

Unhealthy. 

TOXIC.

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His way or the highway!

NO moving FORWARD!

NO calling OUT the ” better angels of our Nature“!

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America’s current POTUS

 is

FIRED

as a

role model/leader/template/vision

of

 the pursuit of HAPPINESS!

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The current POTUS’

UNHAPPY

miserable energy

has a

quicksand effect

feel/hear his energy’s

harrowing

suction sound!

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His malice 

( malice: desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another,
either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness)

 is a constant attempt/practice  

to swallow/undermine/destroy

our America’s

RADIANCY, HAPPINESS 

and 

RADICAL HOPE.

 

 

Clearly,

he has

failed + continues to fail

the practice the beautiful hurricane lamp/SOUL

of the r/evolutionary principle:

& the pursuit of Happiness!

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Our current POTUS

clearly, by his words/actions,

does NOT believe in:

 

IWISHIKNEW

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“Let America Be America Again”

+  

“I, Too, Sing America”

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“PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER”  

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We/you/I

have the POWER

of

courage/compassion/conviction

to practice/step UP

to

the r/evolutionary principles

of our America’s

Declaration of Independence!

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DANCE in Y/OUpursuit of HAPPINESS!!!!!

DANCE to be FOREVER YOUNG + HAPPY!!!!!

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AZ GALLERY

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308 Prince Street, St. Paul

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The

ANNUAL LOWERTOWN ART SHOW

brings together

SIXTY “Lowertown” ARTISTS

to recognize and celebrate their contribution
to making downtown Saint Paul
a unique artists community.

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Exhibit Dates:  20 October – 20 November 2016

Reception & Awards: Saturday, 22 October, 6-10pm

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My piece FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN will be exhibited.

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humanity_freshdriedbloodiamhuman_catherinel-johnson_2013_clj_dpi300FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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Accompanying text to FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN 2012:

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ALL LIVES WILL MATTER WHEN EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTERS.
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ALL LIVES WILL MATTER WHEN CONDONED BRUTALITY IS NAMED AND IS STOPPED.
BRUTAL INJUSTICES DIRECTED TOWARD ANY ONE POPULATION
STEALS  THE HUMANITY OF ALL.
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SYSTEMIC + INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM ARE THE DEFINING / ONGOING
CIVIL RIGHTS + SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES OF THEN AND NOW.
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THE UPSHOT OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS NOT COLOR BLIND
AND EFFECTS THE TRAJECTORY OF HOPE FOR BLACK AMERICANS.
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TO BE SILENT AND IN DENIAL ABOUT Y/OUR SOCIETY’S PERVASIVE
EXPOSED/CONCEALED VIOLENCE/THREATS TO THE LIVES/WELL BEING OF BLACK AMERICANS.
IS TO BE WILLINGLY COMPLICIT/CULPABLE AND PERPETRATORS IN THE CONTINUANCE
OF THE VIOLENCE + IN THE THREATS THAT SHAPE BLACK AMERICANS LIVES.
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ALL LIVES MATTER, YET, ALL LIVES WILL NOT MATTER UNTIL BLACK LIVES MATTER.
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WE ARE ALL CHAINED WHEN ANYONE IS CHAINED BY FEAR;
REACTIVE JUDGEMENT; BRUTALITY AND INVISIBILITY
UPHELD BY THE PREVAILING DOMINANT CULTURE.

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PLACE YOUR HAND ON MY HEART

FEEL MY HEART BEAT BEAT BEAT

DON’T BEAT MY HEART

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For further information on FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN:

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REVIEW: Published on NEW YEAR’S DAY 2016
Star Tribune’s Art Critic, Mary Abbe, writes a Walt Whitman review:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/review-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-the-path-to-empathy-by-mpls-star-tribune-art-critic-mary-abbe-published-new-year-s-day-2016/

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Minnesota Public Radio:
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/01/empathy-show#gallery

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FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN Catherine L. Johnson 2012:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-freshdriedbloodiamhuman-2013-catherine-l-johnson-the-humanity-port/

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13th Amendment / Ava DuVernay’s 13th documentary
Catherine L. Johnson’s art that addresses social justice issues:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/672-13th-amendment-to-the-constitution-neither-slavery-nor-involuntary-servitude-except-as-a-punishment-for-crime-whereof-the-party-shall-have-been-duly-convicted-shall-exist-within-the-unit/

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THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY:
“Donald Trump: Sociopath? Taking his biographer’s claim seriously “
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/07/trump-and-sociopathy/491966/

 

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DONALD TRUMP’S

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

=

DARTH VADER’S

DYSTOPIA

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DYSTOPIA

dys·to·pi·a

disˈtōpēə/

noun

noun: dystopia; plural noun: dystopias

an imagined place or state in which

everything is unpleasant or bad,

typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

Origin:

 late 18th century:

from dys- ‘bad’

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utopia.

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NO ELYSIAN FIELDS

AND

NO HALCYON DAYS

IN

TRUMP’S VISION OF THE USA

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FACT CHECK ON TRUMP’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-donald-trump-convention-speech-fact-check-20160721-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/07/22/fact-checking-donald-trumps-acceptance-speech-at-the-2016-rnc/
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTSJ4I0

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THE SMELL/SIGHT/SOUND OF A DICTATOR  (above).

USA CITIZENS under the TYRANT TRUMP in his vision

of law /order: TRUMPLAND (below).

TTT

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Mad-Max-The-Wasteland

 

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PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CLICK:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/darkness-cannot-drive-out-darkness-hate-cannot-drive-out-hate-the-trump-brand-is-not-the-character-of-a-leader-in-the-worlds-theatre-what-is-calling-out-violen/

WE, AMERICANS, WILL NOT

BE TAKEN HOSTAGE BY

THE FEAR/ HATE/ DIVISIVENESS

OF TRUMP.

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WE, AMERICANS, UPHOLD THE VALUES

AND

PRINCIPLES

 OF/IN PRACTICING DEMOCRACY.

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WE, AMERICANS, STAND ON THE STAGE

OF THE WORLD THEATRE WITH OTHER NATIONS.

 

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WE, AMERICANS, KNOW BULLYING

SOWS/ROOTS

THE SEEDS OF RESENTMENT.

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WE, AMERICANS, KNOW

BULLYING

AND

INCITING FEAR/ HATE/ BIGOTRY

IS NOT THE USA.

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WE, AMERICANS, KNOW

NEGOTIATING

AND

LISTENING

IS A DISCIPLINE OF MASTERY.

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WE, AMERICANS, KNOW

HONORING

OUR COVENANTS DISCLOSES 

OUR  NATION’S CAPACITY/ DEPTH/ MAGNITUDE

OF OUR

CHARACTER/ LEADERSHIP.

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WE, AMERICANS, KNOW THE

ART OF LEADERSHIP

IS INSPIRING

THE CRUCIBLE OF

HOPE;

COMPASSION;

 MORAL COURAGE;

HUMANITY AS ONE

AND

THE CAPACITY

TO ENVISION CHANGE + MOVE FORWARD

IN AN EVOLVING WORLD.

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WE,  AMERICANS, KNOW THAT OUR NATION

OF DIVERSITY

AND

OUR CAPACITY TO ADDRESS

OUR  OWN DOMESTIC PROBLEMS OF DISPARITY

SERVES AS A TEMPLATE OF

VISION,

HOPE,

MORAL COURAGE

AND

DEFINES THE REALITY OF

WHAT IT FEELS TO BE FREE

FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

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TRUMP THREW HIS OWN WIFE

UNDER THE BUS

AND

 HUMILIATED HER

IN FRONT OF MILLIONS WORLDWIDE.

A WOMAN, HE PROMISED IN SACRED VOWS,

TO HONOR + PROTECT HER.

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HIS  BEHAVIOR/ CHOICES

TOWARD HIS OWN WIFE

WAS/IS CRITICAL INFORMATION

AND

LIFTS THE VEIL

OF

TRUMP’S BRAND

OF

“TRUTHINESS”, HONOR AND INTEGRITY.

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 NAME HOW TRUMP WILL HONOR 

OUR DEMOCRACY

AND

PROTECT THE AMERICAN PRINCIPLES

WHICH MAKES  OUR AMERICA GREAT

DUPLICITY?

COMPLICITY?

BULLYING?

LYING?

NAME-CALLING?

INCITING FEAR/PANIC/RIGIDITY?

CALLING OUT THE LOWEST/BASEST

DENOMINATOR OF OUR NATURE?

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THE ONLY THING THAT IS CONSTANT IS CHANGE.

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AMERICA’S STRENGTH IS OUR CAPACITY

TO ENVISION AND ACTUALIZE

A FUTURE THAT CALLS OUT/IDENTIFIES

“THE BETTER ANGELS IN OUR NATURE”.

 

 

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Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert’s Late Show Desk:

“THE TRUMPENING”

Jon Stewart @ 1:30 minutes

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Documentarian Ken Burns Breaks His Impartiality to Denounce Trump

https://youtu.be/z13FoWqtQy0

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Charlie Chaplin’s:  GREAT DICTATOR

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IWISHIKNEW_2011_CATHERINELJOHNSON_1AIWISHIKNEW                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson   2011

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IWISHIKNEW  

2011

Catherine L. Johnson

is featured in the

HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

INSTINCT ART GALLERY, MINNEAPOLIS

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Please listen:
Nina Simone singing I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE

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INSTINCT ART GALLERY

21 NOVEMBER 2015 – 16 JANUARY 2016

Tuesdays- Saturdays: 12 Noon – 5 pm
CLOSED: 25 DECEMBER 2015 – 1 JANUARY 2016
http://www.instinctmpls.com/upcoming/
https://www.facebook.com/instinctartmpls/
940 NICOLLET MALL, MINNEAPOLIS

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Robert F. Kennedy
Cleveland City Club
April 5, 1968

“Mindless Menace of Violence”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhANTymDIYk

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This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity to speak briefly to you about this mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives.

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It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one – no matter where he lives or what he does – can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on.

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Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by his assassin’s bullet.

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No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.

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Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.

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“Among free men,” said Abraham Lincoln, “there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lose their cause and pay the costs.”

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Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire weapons and ammunition they desire.

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Too often we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach nonviolence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them.

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Some looks for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear; violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.

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For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter.

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This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all. I have not come here to propose a set of specific remedies nor is there a single set. For a broad and adequate outline we know what must be done. When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies – to be met not with cooperation but with conquest, to be subjugated and mastered.

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We learn, at the last, to look at our brothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but not a community, men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear – only a common desire to retreat from each other – only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force. For all this there are no final answers.

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Yet we know what we must do. It is to achieve true justice among our fellow citizens. The question is now what programs we should seek to enact. The question is whether we can find in our own midst and in our own hearts that leadership of human purpose that will recognize the terrible truths of our existence.

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We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of all. We must admit in ourselves that our own children’s future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge.

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Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanish it with a program, nor with a resolution.

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But we can perhaps remember – even if only for a time – that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short movement of life, that they seek – as we do – nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.

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Surely this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow men and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our hearts brothers and countrymen once again.

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE