Watching Reverend Martin Luther King Junior's famous "I Have a Dream speech" again today I was struck afresh by one line in particular. At one point the prophet says:
"They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound with our freedom."
The obvious question for race relations fifty years later is: Have we? It remains an important question. But what struck me this time is the significance of that question generally: Do we recognize freedom as a socially "bounded" reality? My freedom is bound up with yours?
It remains an incredibly meaningful speech, chalk full of evocative lines like that one. As I'm sure you know, you can watch the whole thing here: