Today marks 50 years since Selma’s Bloody Sunday. It was just 50 years ago that 600 marchers were attacked at the Edmund Pettus Bridge leaving Selma; state troopers and county posse attacked the unarmed marchers with billy clubs and tear gas.
The wounds of racial injustice here in the US are still so fresh. Amidst the many violent policing against blacks cases across the country that have garnered media attention like Michael Brown and the city of Ferguson, racial disparity in the US is no secret. 1 out of 5 black men are incarcerated, the numbers don’t lie. In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
So today we remember and honor the courage of all those who marched for racial justice just 50 years ago. Selma is now and we still face a system of issues that only we together can change. Martin Luther King and the people of Selma were ordinary people with extraordinary will. As we remember Selma let’s also remember that we all can make a difference, together.