Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These words serve as a foundation of the American republic. For a great many people at the time of our country’s founding, these were words without meaning.
Here we stand, some 240 years later, on the 89th birthday of one of the greatest civil rights activists in history and moving into black history month, and, mind you, a Congress that just a day ago was shut down because they couldn’t agree on how to handle the rights, and the future, of immigrants in our nation. You don’t have to look too closely to see that still, for many people living in this country today, these words are more mythology than reality.
We have made progress—often irregular and always incomplete—toward equality for all people in the United States, but it’s a mission without end. Whether it be equality before the law, the opportunity to share thoughts and opinions without fear of reprisal, or the pursuit of individual hopes and dreams, we as Americans should, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, do all we can to ensure that the arc of history bends towards justice.
This is easier said than done.
What has made America great is the ability and willingness of so many people, from such different places, to work together toward common, mutually beneficial goals.
We’re losing that mindset, however. Too often today, we see Americans ridiculed, put down or passed by because of their background, ethnicity, heritage, or education. Rather than seeing each other as neighbors who agree on most things and disagree on a few things, we’re allowing ourselves to be painted in black or white and divided along narrow, partisan lines. It is our belief that our broken political system is at the heart of this division.
It is with the expressed goal of healing these such divisions that SAM was founded. To see all Americans as worthy of dignity, respect, and equality. To bring people together for the common good rather than utilize ugly, partisan rhetoric to push people toward political extremes in the interests in the few over the good of the many. However, as Dr. King reminds us, the work is the duty of all Americans—together.
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”
– Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
Join SAM today and help us start to turn this minority into a new American majority. A majority that works on behalf of all Americans.
We can’t do it without you.