This was written as a Letter to the Editor of the NY Times. Seeing as how they didn’t publish it, I’ ve decided to share it here.
The passing of John Lewis has been a time of great reflection for our nation. Perhaps his most lasting legacy will be that of “good trouble;” that creed has inspired many a great voice, a great activist both known and unknown to fight for change and a more just society.
In his dying last words, published in The New York Times called, Together You Can Redeem The Soul of Our Nation, he wrote “like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in” before recalling the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who called on people to speak up and speak out on injustice.
Young people in this nation have long been speaking out. Breaking through the noise though, is rare and difficult. Often the only way is through tragedy or through great effort. It should not be this way though. Media outlets could give a platform for new young voices to speak on, without those voices needing to have experienced trauma or herculean effort to gain attention. We have the power in this nation to cause good trouble by elevating new, young, strong voices in the hands of our biggest media outlets and for the sake of the soul of our nation, it’s time we take it.
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