On the right mountain path
What a beautiful piece of journalism and photography in your "Counter Culture" article [The City Paper, Feb. 8]. The graphic pictures of the "sit-in" at Woolworth's lunch counter speaks volumes about the pervasive discrimination and impending civil right's movement.
I forget who said it, but, "there is nothing more powerful than an idea who's time has come." Dr. Martin Luther King ushered in that idea.
I remember growing up in Detroit [and seeing] a drinking fountain with a sign that said, "White" and a smaller nozzle that said, "Black." In 1967, during the race riots, my parents told us kids to get to the basement because "the Negroes are coming." We also had air raid siren drills in school, hiding under our desks, because of "the Russians."
Now, fast forward to the O.J. Simpson trial. Even though I knew he committed the murders, I wanted him found "not guilty," so Los Angeles would not burn again [like] after the Rodney King verdict.
Today, with Barack Obama in the nation's highest office, I believe we've evolved, matured, and become more tolerant of each other as people — respecting cultural individuality and embracing our differences.
I don't know if America has reached Dr. King's promised land, but we're sure on the right mountain and headed in the right direction.
Paul D'Argent, 37209