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    This country is dead. It just doesn't know it yet.

    I admit that I feel this way more often than I'd like, but I disagree today. It's not dead until we stop pointing out the outrages. It's not dead until people won't listen to dissent anymore. And that time has not come.

    Something from last night that gave me hope.

    Last night I went to dinner with my wife, my mother and my mother's best friend. We ran into an old neighbor of ours who used to be our Mayor, Police Chief and all around activist. The old neighbor is black and from the south. In 1947 he moved here with his family. In 1952 he was Student Body President. Now I kind of figured that since we live in a very liberal city that it wasn't all the extraordinary. Well my mothers friend who went to school with him said that it was extraordinary even here at the time and he was elected because of his wonderfull personality and intelligence. We're all sitting there in rapt attention because this guy has such an amazing presence. Just friggin brilliant and so damn personable. The kind of guy that changed minds and perceptions and you just know by talking to him that he was one of those people that made civil rights changes possible. This guy, with people like Ozzie Davis and MLK, was able to change mindsets, impressions and biases through his incredible mind. This man and those like him made it impossible for thinking people not to see the inherent truth that "All men are created equal." I can't even begin to describe how excited I was after this conversation.

    My point with this story of last night is that when you are right, you fight with your heart and intellect and you don't give up, you can change the world. But you can't give up. You can't just say "we're dead."

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