The Million Man March

The Million Man March

On Monday, maybe a million black men will march on Washington. Coming after the 0. J. Simpson verdict, the march promises to be a pivotal moment in our nation’s life. As the writer Greg Tate has rightly noted, the verdict “may represent the first time in history that a majority black jury has wielded an apparatus of state
power against the will of the nation’s white citizenry.”

Our fragile civic and legal order, with its precious jury system that does not guarantee justice, must now contend with a level of white rage unprecedented in American history. Needless to say, black rage has risen exponentially since bullets ripped through the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Can our deeply divided society wrestle with this challenge without exploding?

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