Turning the Page
Celebrating 50 years of the dream
Sports and civil change have often worked hand-in-hand, with sports often being either a reflection of the times or a foreshadowing of the social change ahead. So, it makes sense that something I saw at a sporting event would bring about a conversation revolving around such things, and it’s something that has been sort of a theme of my week.
A little more than a week ago, fellow Daily News writer Ty Rushing and I attended the demolition derby in Colfax. It was an interesting experience to say the least, and it was more intense than most sporting events I have been to outside of an Oregon football game.
There was a man to our left with some less than tolerant ink tattooed on his chest and arms, and as Ty and I were walking out of the event, we began to discuss what this person’s problem might have been, as it’s not something we’re accustomed to in the year 2013. Several minutes later, the discussion had snowballed into a talk about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact he had on this country. We talked about how he was able to peacefully bring change to a country that so desperately needed it.
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