Yesterday former President Bill Clinton spoke at the “Let Freedom Ring” rally at the Lincoln Memorial that commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In his speech he expressed support for the Common Core:
So how are we going to repay the debt? Dr. King’s dream of interdependence, his prescription of wholehearted cooperation across racial lines — they ring as true today as they did 50 years ago. Oh, yes, we face terrible political gridlock now. Read a little history; it’s nothing new. Yes, there remain racial inequalities in employment, income, health, wealth, incarceration, and in the victims and perpetrators of violent crime. But we don’t face beatings, lynchings and shootings for our political beliefs anymore. And I would respectfully suggest that Martin Luther King did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock. It is time to stop complaining and put our shoulders against the stubborn gates holding the American people back.
We cannot be disheartened by the forces of resistance to building a modern economy and good jobs or to rebuilding our education system to give all our children a common core or to give all Americans access to affordable college training programs.
So what now the Common Core is a civil rights issue?