As we approach Martin Luther King Day in the shadow of the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz., I urge the residents of Edmonds to pause a moment and think about these words spoken by Dr. King:
“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”
While many of us will be focused on a weekend of football and shopping, I hope that you will take time celebrate diversity on Monday. When Dr King was murdered in 1968, I was a teenager and would never have thought that we would one day have an African-American President of these United States, a woman Governor and two women U.S. Senators in Washington, or two women as officers in the AFL-CIO. It feels good to think that we are finally approaching the day when people will be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
I hope you all have a peaceful, safe and enjoyable weekend.
Mike Cooper, Mayor