It’s Always About All Of Us

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1,500 people showed up at the Armory on Clark Street in Chicago recently for Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s event. They were people who don’t like what has been promised by the incoming administration, who think this is an escalation of a war on democracy, who think that coddling Vladimir Putin while dissing our intelligence agencies is a terrible thing to do and is a threat to our national security and who see that repeal and replace is code for “You’re on your own, poor people.”

Much was said there and I want to elaborate on just one point that speaks to us today:

  • In 1963 President Kennedy told the world, “Ich bein ein Berliner.” In the fight against tyranny, we are all Berliners.
  • We are all on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday.
  • It wasn’t only the 3,000 who died. We are all 9/11.
  • We are all children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • We are all Trayvon Martin.
  • We are all Charlie Hebdo.
  • We are all at the Bataclan in Paris.
  • We are all at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
  • We are all at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
  • We are all travelers at Fort Lauderdale Airport.

When one of us is victimized we are all victimized. And that’s why, when that terrible, unconscionable register is created, we will all sign up because we are all Muslims.

It’s about all of us. It’s always about all of us.


Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.

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2 Responses to It’s Always About All Of Us
  1. Steve Grossman Reply

    Perfect, Jack. Exactly right. It IS always about ALL of us, and I appreciate your strong, principled voice!

  2. Frank Levy Reply

    If I am not for me, who will be?
    If I am only for me, what am I?
    If not now, when?

    All that if takes for evil to succeed is for people of good will to stand by and do nothing.