After the euphoria of Moral Monday in Asheville (I had the privilege of providing the music for the event), we have now started to get to the nuts and bolts of trying to actually "Move Forward,” now that the folks who just wanted a photo op and politicians who wanted to appear to have been involved have faded into the background, as expected.
Sad that my African-American clergy, my African-American mayor and the clergy in general who have traditionally been the spearhead of these movements have not found the moral courage to [get involved] in the issue of our times.
So, for what it's worth, I'm calling them out. Shame on you for your silence, shame on our local NAACP and its president, John Hayes, for his lack of leadership. Shame on our African-American clergy for not making the voting-rights issue the sermon on the mount every Sunday. Shame on the clergy, with some exceptions, for lacking the spirit and courage of the clergy of the civil rights movement.
Your lack of involvement is duly noted.
Thank you, Valerie Hoh, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, Charlie Thomas, Vicki Meath, Lisa Bovee-Kemper at Unitarian Universalist Church who kept the faith and all the others too numerous to mention.
— Jesse Junior