Vincent Harding suggested that for all kinds of political, economic and psychological reasons, there is an uncertainty growing amongst the dominant community in America (Canada?) that it did not need or allow itself to face before.
Up until now, uncertainty and unknowingness have primarily been the experience of the weak, the poor, and people of colour. A newly-experienced uncertainty about one’s roll and control can produce anxiety, fear, and even anger. Perhaps, he said, in order for everyone to share in what Martin Luther King called the “beloved community” (new possibilities for dwelling together in peace and harmony), those who have not dwelt in uncertainty will need to join those who have been there for a long time.
That beloved community cannot come for some of us until others of us are prepared to give up what we thought was only ours.
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