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    Everyone remembers the line "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" from the Letter from a Birmingham Jail. But shortly after that he also said something that resonates with the fight over immigration reform:

    Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.
    I re-read the Letter from a Birmingham Jail every year on MLK Day. I haven't yet today; I'll read it again this evening. I am always amazed at the expectation he clearly had that his critics would take time to read a lengthy exposition and consider his arguments. In this sound-bite age I am always trying to find a pithy way to get my point across. King took the time to lay out his arguments at length and anticipate or respond to all the counterarguments of his critics. Everyone remembers the "I have a Dream" speech, and of course it's great, but I've always felt that the Letter from Birmingham Jail is really where it's at.

    Of course, in the same paragraph that the two quotes above came from, he also said something that has become the foundation of my own personal philosophy:

    We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

    by dconrad on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:20:14 AM PST

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