Alcohol-related incidents spark concern

first_imgThree people were arrested and two more were cited last weekend for minor consumption in off-campus areas heavily populated with Notre Dame students. The suspects were 19 and 20 years old. Three of the suspects gave Notre Dame campus addresses and two gave out-of-state addresses. These incidents came after police busted a party July 17 at 1017 E. Washington St. and took 43 people to jail for various alcohol charges. Those arrested included eight football players, one basketball player and nine hockey players. South Bend police responded to a call that a fight was occurring at the corner of Washington and Eddy streets and were dispatched at 1:41 a.m., according to the police report. “When the officers got there, they realized the fight had spilled over from 1017 E. Washington, so officers went to that house and they called for more units because there was a large party there,” the report stated. The officer exited his squad car and heard glass breaking from the rear of the house. A white male ran out from behind the building and continued to run when police ordered him to stop. Officers pursued him on foot, but were unable to catch him, the report said. People also jumped out of windows and from the roof of the residence, the report said. South Bend police called Indiana State Excise Police to assist them and were at the house for about an hour. It took three trips using the South Bend prisoner transport van and patrol vehicles to transport all of the suspects to St. Joseph County Jail, the report said. The suspects were kept in jail until their blood alcohol content levels returned to zero. For many of them, this took several hours and they were released the next morning. The decision to arrest was made by the South Bend police, said Lt. Tim Cleveland, excise police commander for the district in which the incident occurred. “The decision was made before our officers arrived,” he said. He said excise police make the decision to arrest based on circumstances. “If the individuals are too intoxicated to walk, then we’ll incarcerate,” Cleveland said. The blood alcohol levels for those arrested at the July 17 incident ranged from .02 to .16 percent. Twelve of the 43 individuals arrested had blood alcohol content levels of .05 percent or below. Several messages left for the South Bend police were not returned. Student body president Catherine Soler said student government is aware of these recent incidents and is “putting forth efforts to protect students, keep them safe and allow us to have fun while respecting the law and our neighbors.” Soler also said she is compiling reports of the incidents and encouraged anyone who has knowledge of an incident to contact student government. “We want people to come and tell us so we know what’s going on,” she said. “So when we talk to people we have testimonials.”last_img read more

SMC pushes gift campaign

first_imgTo encourage students to make their class gift and educate them about the benefits of donating to Saint Mary’s College, the Class Gift Campaign (CGC) hosted its second annual launch party Monday. The event was held in the West Wing of the Noble Family Dining Hall during dinner hours. Molly Gorszczyk, CGC co-chair, said the event was created to draw attention to the mission of the CGC as well as allow students to meet and get to know members of the campaign. “The launch party is pretty much just a way for us to get publicity up of who we are and what we do,” Gorszczyk said. “It’s the first chance all of our girls get for the year to make their donation of class gift. It’s pretty much the starting of our season of campaigning and fundraising and trying to get the class gifts.” Gorszczyk said the event invited students to enjoy themselves while learning about the CGC. Students were also encouraged to make their donation to the CGC for their class. According to Gorszczyk, the campaign works during the academic year to earn money for each class’ senior gift. Each class decides which gift it would like to donate to the College. “The class gift campaign is a student organization, and we are the ones that encourage raising all the money to give Saint Mary’s that each class gives when they graduate,” she said. “Along with that we encourage the importance of philanthropy and giving back to Saint Mary’s. [Saint Mary’s College] just [relies] on giving back so much and they encourage it so much that we try to encourage our students to give back as well.” According to Gorszczyk, during the launch party, students had the opportunity to break open a piñata, play corn hole, listen to music and meet with members of the CGC. “People can come make their class gift, they can ask us questions, they can get to know us,” Gorszczyk said. “[The Launch Party is] kind of like a meet and greet type deal so they [students] can actually get to know what the Class Gift Campaign is.” The CGC also plans to offer other events throughout the academic year. Gorszczyk said the CGC will offer Give Back Night at Hacienda on Oct. 25. Karaoke Idol, an event that allows students to sing karaoke in front of faculty and staff judges, will also be held on Nov. 18. Gorszczyk said she hopes to bring awareness to the importance of the CGC. “I think it’s really important just because we have a tradition that part of our gift to give back is a scholarship of some form or scholarship money,” she said. “That’s really important just because so many girls are on scholarship. Ninety- four percent of the student body right now is on scholarship. So if we can encourage girls to give back now that would also encourage them to give back after they graduate.” The CGC doesn’t just ask for donations from juniors and seniors, instead, they encourage first-year students to donate money as well. “We work really hard and start looking freshman year to raise a gift so you can give something amazing back to Saint Mary’s to thank them for the amazing time you had here,” Gorszczyk said. “Also, you try to raise the pride of Saint Mary’s that you have in your four years and beyond after you graduate and so you’re always proud to be a Saint Mary’s girl and you’re so proud of your school.” The CGC asks that students donate whatever amount they feel comfortable giving, but also encourages each student to donate the amount of their class year, Gorszczyk said. “We are encouraging all students to try to at least give their class year, so a senior would give $20.11, juniors would give $20.12,” Gorszczyk said. “But they are free to give as much as they want, and we appreciate everything they give and we understand that everybody’s situation is a little different so what they can give might not be the same as others.”last_img read more

Special Olympics works to end ‘r-word’

first_imgMembers of the Notre Dame community will look to remove the derogatory term “retard” (“r-word”) from their vocabulary in a show of solidarity with the “Spread the Word to End the Word” international campaign today. Graduate student Jenna Newcomb, a project leader of the Notre Dame Special Olympics Club, which coordinates the event, said the project is focused on changing the way people with disabilities are perceived worldwide. “[Today] is essentially an international day of awareness,” Newcomb said. “It is a day we set aside to gauge the effect we are having across the world.” Newcomb said the campaign has gathered about 15 million pledges globally since 2011 alumnus Soeren Palumbo started the program in 2009. She said over 1,000 high schools and 200 colleges and universities are participating. Notre Dame gathers the most pledges of any university, Newcomb said. “Last year, 2,701 pledges came from Notre Dame,” she said. “Our goal this year is to beat that number, a goal we have accomplished every year.” Newcomb said the use of the word carries a negative stereotype, but students have the power to end the use of the term. “Even when used in a joking way among friends, you still evoke all of those negative implications,” she said. “As college students, we are in a position to set an example for our parents and those who will come after us.” Graduate student Molly Carey, also a project leader for the Notre Dame Special Olympics Club, said the campaign is concerned with the way the “r-word” is used by people in everyday language. She said Notre Dame students in particular have a responsibility to end such discrimination. “The mission of this University is committed to justice and serving those vulnerable in our society,” Carey said. “The Notre Dame community must be committed to that message.” Solidarity with the global community is an important aspect of the Notre Dame mission, Carey said, and the use of the “r-word” detracts from this harmony. “When you use the ‘r-word’ with friends, it suggests people with disabilities are lesser,” Carey said. “It takes away their humanity.” Best Buddies International , a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helped the Special Olympics plan the campaign. Junior Elizabeth Klinepeter, president of the Notre Dame Best Buddies chapter, said Best Buddies and the Special Olympics club collect pledges and spread awareness of the “Spread the Word to End the Word” message. “This event is really important because the ‘r-word’ has such a derogatory meaning in our society,” Klinepeter said. “It is so commonly used by everyone in our country, around the world and here on our campus. “Whether people realize it or not, the ‘r-word’ is a form of hate speech and threatens the dignity of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.” Klinepeter said if students consider the detrimental effects of using the “r-word,” they will understand the impact the word has on people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. “The event promotes respect and inclusion both on campus and whenever we go out into society,” Klinepeter said. Klinepeter said if a student hears someone use the “r-word,” the student should nicely ask the user of the word to avoid saying it and explain the word’s harm. “It is so engrained in people and it is such a common word,” Klinepeter said. “It’s not promoting the kind of respect we want here on campus and in the wider world.” Interested students can pledge to end the use of the “r-word” during lunch and dinner hours at LaFortune Student Center and both dining halls or online at www.r-word.orglast_img read more

Saint Mary’s alumna discusses nonviolent civil disobedience

first_imgRosalie Riegle, oral historian and Saint Mary’s alumna, visited her alma mater Thursday to speak about her life’s work dedicated to nonviolent civil disobedience.“In 2004, I found myself contemplating, for the first time, doing serious civil disobedience, to show my outrage, my sadness and my emotional involvement in resisting our government policies,” Riegle said.Riegle read excerpts from her two books “Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace” and “Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community.” The Justice Education Program, the Center for Spirituality, the Cushwa-Leighton Library of Saint Mary’s College and the Catholic Peace Fellowship of South Bend co-sponsored the event.Riegle described her choice to participate in civil disobedience, an experience that could have sent her to jail for six months.“At an Air Force base outside of Omaha, I was with a group of Catholic workers where I was trying to decide, should I do this? Should I nonviolently cross the line?” Riegle said. “This action was a very simple, very prayerful action.”“We knelt down, said the ‘Our Father.’ They asked us to leave; we said the ‘Our Father’ again, and they arrested us. It took about 10 minutes.”“I think there were eight of us that, with a lot of supporters standing around, walked into the base and asked to see the base commander to give him a letter asking him to no longer be the command center that sends out all of the missiles,” she said. “We knelt down, said the ‘Our Father.’ They asked us to leave; we said the ‘Our Father’ again, and they arrested us. It took about 10 minutes.”Riegle met Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement in 1969. She said she later decided that she wanted to become an oral historian with the purpose of learning about the Catholic Worker.“I wrote my way into the movement,” Riegle said. “I interviewed 213 people from all over the country so I learned a lot about individual Catholic workers and how they lived the Catholic Worker life.”Riegle said she wanted to help people understand the process of participating in nonviolent civil disobedience and the experience of being jailed or imprisoned.“We have learned a lot from these Vietnam times, and when people are deciding to go to prison they spend some time in preparation,” Riegle said. “They talk to other people, read the books, know what it’s like and prepare themselves spiritually.”One of the Catholic Worker philosophies is if one wants to walk with the poor and minister and listen to them, one should be a prisoner his or herself, Riegle said.Riegle said the purpose of her books is not to treat nonviolent civil disobedience as an enterprise for success but as a practice that gives one the ability to work for something because it is good.“It’s the certainty that something makes sense regardless of the outcome,” she said.Contact Kate Kulwicki at [email protected]: Catholic Worker, incarceration, lecture, nonviolence, saint mary’slast_img read more

Weekend celebrates juniors, parents

first_imgNotre Dame welcomed juniors’ parents to campus last weekend, this time not to cheer for Irish football, but to attend Junior Parents Weekend (JPW).A committee of 13 juniors, led by JPW chairperson Shannon Hagedorn, planned the event, which aimed to expose parents to the strong sense of tradition at Notre Dame.“My goal for this year’s JPW was to make it a really special and elegant weekend,” Hagedorn said. “In selecting the program pictures, centerpieces and decorations, I tried to represent the tradition and magic of Notre Dame.”Even though severe storms in the Northeast prevented some parents from attending, 4,000 people were involved in the weekend’s events, Hagedorn said. Photo courtesy of Shannon Hagedorn Juniors and their parents mingle at the Junior Parents Weekend dinner Saturday in the Joyce Center. More than 4,000 people attended the weekend’s events, which also included a gala and dorm brunches.Hagedorn said the weekend involved a number of diverse events, including a gala, collegiate workshops, a JPW Mass and a president’s dinner.“It was so fun to see everyone mingling and dancing at the gala, meeting professors at the academic workshops, coming together for the Mass and sharing dinner and brunch together with incredible speakers, including keynote speakers [University President Fr. John] Jenkins, [junior class president] Olivia LaMagna and [director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives Fr. Timothy] Scully,” Hagedorn said.Junior Stephanie Scherer said JPW opened her eyes to how large the junior class was.“Sometimes you don’t realize how many people you don’t know until you’re all in one place,” Scherer said.Junior Catherine Puma said student involvement in the event helped build community within the junior class.“I feel a better sense of community, especially since we had student speakers, because so many people were involved,” Puma said.Junior Kathryn Bush said the experience gave her parents a chance to better understand her life at Notre Dame.“[Our] parents liked to see how we made the University our own,” Bush said.The weekend was not only an opportunity for students to interact, but for parents to meet their children’s friends and their parents, Puma said.JPW also reminded students that graduation is closer than they think, Scherer said.“It gives us a sense that we don’t have much time left here, so we want to enjoy it and have an impact before we leave,” she said.last_img read more

Students react to protests in China

first_imgProtesters and students alike have rallied in critical intersections in Hong Kong since Sept. 26. The demonstration is the public’s response to the government in Beijing’s interpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law. The semi-autonomous city’s constituents believe this interpretation, endorsed by Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying, ignores the portion of the Basic Law that promises a transition to democratic elections of the Chief Executive in 2017.“The Occupy Movement was precipitated by the decision that the Chinese communist party made to restrict the voting rights of Hong Kong citizens,” associate professor of East Asian Culture and Languages Lionel Jensen said. “The Hong Kong Basic Law calls for a transition to a democracy — one person, one vote.”Jensen said the Chinese government’s interpretations of the Basic Law are not in accordance with the spirit or the letter of the law.“I feel that there is room for compromise here, especially on Beijing’s end of things,” Jensen said. “It would be a very effective and forthright maneuver for the government in Beijing to reconsider its coercive relationship with Hong Kong and to see that the protests that are going on are not against China and they’re not against the communist party. They are simply against illegality and the violation of the prospect of people’s freedoms that were granted under previous arrangements.”Associate professor of political science Victoria Hui said she was surprised at Hong Kong’s use of a police force to try and control the protesters.“I have never seen the riot police in the streets of Hong Kong,” Hui said. “It was so startling to see because of the civil and peaceful nature of the protests. If Beijing had just agreed to make the nominating committee, many people would have been less upset. By closing the option of direct election and using repression, the Chinese government forced the people of Hong Kong to organize.”Hong Kong native and exchange student Johnson Kong said the protests are spurred on by a new form of self-identification for the young people of Hong Kong.“The older generations are not that rooted in Hong Kong,” Kong said. “They feel that Hong Kong is just a place of transition. Our generation was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Hong Kong. We identify strongly as Hong Kongers.”China-born freshman Flora Tang expressed her hope that the protests will lead to meaningful conversation between Hong Kong and mainland China.“I’m hoping that the scale of the protests will cause the governments of China and Hong Kong to start talking and negotiating,” Tang said. “Previously China’s Communist government has been unwilling to listen to anything.”Tang said that the protests are relevant to everyone, not just those living in China.“This isn’t just about some country in Asia,” she said. “This is about universal suffrage and freedom of speech for everyone.”Jensen said Hong Kong’s unique identity is important and should be valued, not suppressed, by Beijing.“In the end, what makes Hong Kong flourish is the pluralist dimension of its life,” Jensen said. “Hong Kong has always been a melting pot of very seriously vital energies of Chinese people and to take that away by trying to limit it or contain it or control it will harm Hong Kong and China as a whole so deeply that it will be to the detriment of the Communist Party as well.”Tags: Beijing, Hong Kong’s Basic Law, Leung Chun-ying, Occupy Movement, OccupyCentrallast_img read more

Photojournalist presents civil rights work

first_imgSilhouetted against the image of Martin Luther King Jr. on the cover of last year’s Time Magazine, photojournalist Dan Budnik took the stage at Annenberg Auditorium last night to share his experiences as a civil rights photographer and insights behind some of the movement’s most famous moments during a lecture titled “Marching to the Freedom Dream.”The talk was co-sponsored by the Snite Museum of Art, the department of art, art history and design, the history department, the American Studies department, the Africana Studies department and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.Budnik presented snapshots from the march on Washington, the Youth March for Integrated Schools and the Selma to Montgomery march, featuring renowned civil rights leaders such as King, Marlon Brando, Malcolm X, Ralph Abernathy and Harry Belafonte.“In the whole civil rights movement I was right there, like a fly on the wall,” Budnik said. “It was quite amazing.”Budnik, who was born in 1933, got his start with Magnum Photos in New York in 1957, after being drafted into the military and photographing at the New York School of Abstracts Expressionist and Pop Artists, according to his personal website. The next year, Budnik shot one of his more famous collections at the Youth March for Integrated Schools. “The Youth March for Integrated Schools was really the prototype to the march on Washington,” Budnik said.Budnik said the photos from the march on Washington helped him gain backstage access to speeches and famous civil rights leaders. His ability to get in the action got him the recognition of Life Magazine, Time Magazine, Vogue and Sports Illustrated for his coverage of the civil rights movement.All of Budnik’s images from the three marches came with a story. Budnik said he made it his mission to know the names of the people in each of his photos, sometimes making complete trips just to find them.“This young lady in the middle is Crutilla Harold,” Budnik said, referring to a young black girl at a protest in Selma. “I ended up going back [to Selma] because I wanted to identify as many people as possible, so I had an exhibit up for a couple weeks and people said, ‘Oh that’s Crutilla.’”Budnik said he built up relationships with civil rights leaders, especially King, who can be seen in many of his photographs. He had access to King’s personal group, catching intimate shots between King and his friends, colleagues and family. One image in particular of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, was a personal favorite of Budnik because he said it showed King’s intimate side. “Martin Luther King Jr. was always with the group, I noticed,” Budnik said. “But he was a loner, always alone.”Last year, Budnik’s photo of King in this typical solitary state was placed on the cover of Time Magazine as part of a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington and “I Have a Dream” speech.“This was the pay off picture,” Budnik said. “But I like these kinds of photos the most. They have their own longevity.”Tags: Civil Rights Movement, Dan Budnik, March on Washingtom, Martin Luther King Jr., photojournalistlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts annual Food Week

first_imgSaint Mary’s annual Food Week kicked off Monday and brings diverse and fun food options to campus, while also promoting food education with a wide variety of events, Food Services Committee chair and sophomore Bailey Oppman said in an email. “[Food week] ranges from learning how to nourish your body with food, to special themed meals in the dining hall, to learning about food sustainability, to dining from local food trucks,” she said.The week’s events started with “Meatless Monday,” a vegetarian lunch served in the Noble Family Dining Hall. Food Services General Manager Barry Bowles led a question-and-answer took place in the dining hall during dinner, during which students asked questions and voiced their opinions about dining hall food.Monday night ended with with a screening of the movie “Julie & Julia” in Vander Vennet Theatre.Tuesday’s first event, “Tortilla Tuesday,” took place in the dining hall during lunch. In the evening, students were able to try healthy treats and make their own recipe books.On “Waffle Wednesday,” the dining hall will serve waffles during lunch, and Wednesday evening’s dinner will be Saint Mary’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.“Three Cheese Lunch” will take place Thursday in the dining hall, and Sara Stewart, a nurse from Unity Gardens, will discuss food sustainability and food justice in Vander Vennet Theatre from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oppman said she is looking forward to hearing from Stewart and feels students will enjoy the discussion. “She’s a really energetic and passionate person, so I think the discussion will be really dynamic,” she said. On Friday morning, coffee and doughnuts will be served to students in Spes Unica Hall and Madeleva Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Food Week will draw to a close Friday evening, with local food trucks parked in the McCandless parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. Students can purchase food truck tickets at lunch throughout the week.Oppman said she is most excited for the food trucks.“[They] will be a new way for students to get some delicious food,” she said. Food Week aims to provide students with fun ways to learn about improving healthy eating habits, Oppman said. “We try to incorporate the fun things about food, like food trucks and free donuts, along with educational and important food topics, like sustainability and knowing how to make healthier choices,” she said.Tags: Food Week, saint mary’slast_img read more

Lecture explores relationship between laws and justice

first_imgAlthough laws are created to form a more just society, Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated that laws themselves can be unjust, according to Fr. Dominic Legge, an instructor in systematic theology at the Dominican House of Studies.“Sometimes it is possible that the positive law makes something legal that should be illegal. It certainly happened in totalitarian states like Nazi Germany, but it also has happened in the United States in the 1960s. Even a democratic society can create an ‘illegal’ law,” Legge said. “It was actually illegal to help fellow Jews in Nazi Germany, but would we not have helped these oppressed?”Legge spoke Monday afternoon on “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Question of ‘Illegal Laws’: Civil Law Justice, and Morality,” an event sponsored by the Constitutional Studies Department and the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life. “Part of Dr. King’s argument concerns … the relationship between justice and the dignity of the human person. Because of the people we are, we have dignity and claims to this dignity that other people should respect,” Legge said. According to Legge, Dr. King argued individuals cannot appeal to the opinion of the masses to determine if a law is just. “His argument is that discrimination goes against this dignity, and this is his basis for arguing that racial segregation is unjust,” he said. “He appeals to the basic truth of what human beings are, and no law can go against that basic human dignity.”Legge focused on the fact that racial segregation was never actually illegal, according to the Constitution or even local law. For examples of this reality, Legge said one can look at some Supreme Court decisions in which even the highest court has gotten it wrong. “Think, for example, of the Dred Scott decision, or the 1944 case in which the Supreme Court upheld the internment of Japanese citizens without a trial. In King’s own day, this is a very poignant question,” he said. Supplementally, Legge contended that King argued for the natural moral law, without the bounds of a higher lawgiver. “He does not appeal to a higher law-giver like God, which is a really important point. It’s not because God gave us Ten Commandments, it’s because there’s a sort of moral ordering to this world,” he said. “Both law and justice are concerned with the basic good of the human person.”Legge said the more important argument was about not violating basic moral law. “Moral theology is about what’s good for the human person, and that means that our laws should be framed with what the human person is. No positive law ever has the right to make those things illegal,” Legge said. “There is no law that can be abstracted from moral understanding.”Fundamentally, Legge said, we need to seek what is good for the entirety of society. “There are some things about the kinds of beings we are that lead us to flourish, and some things that really hurt who we are, so we need to find what is good to help us to flourish,” he said. “There are also some things that are fundamental to who we are, and they belong to a higher level.” Legge also spoke on the justification of civil disobedience, particularly in King’s case. “When you have this kind of systematic injustice … civil disobedience is a way to address this issue, and if you do this, then you’re appealing to this sort of higher justice,” he said. “And when is that justified, I mean, we could go on and disagree, but I think that we can agree that this was grave injustice and civil disobedience was in fact justified.” Legge emphasized the importance of celebrating this holiday. “It’s right for us to celebrate MLK on this day, and we are right to be proud of his legacy. … It’s a shining episode in our history,” Legge said. Tags: Constitutional Studies, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK, MLK Day, natural lawlast_img read more

Fordham professor explores King’s legacy, modern civil rights movements

first_imgIn the midst of increased race-related activism across the United States, Fr. Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, spoke at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday about the new civil rights movement in America and redeeming the American soul.Massingale said he tried to come up with a depiction of a racially just society, but was unable to do so.“I am not able to know what a racially just society would look like, or a just society at all, as it is something that I and none of us have ever experienced,” he said. “Trying to envision somewhere in advance of no where is an extremely difficult task.“What are we striving for, what do we stand for, what is the goal of the struggle for justice, for the struggle against social evils based on disparaging of differences based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity? What does justice look like, what does justice feel like? Such questions take us beyond abstract intellectualizing and move us into the realm of animating visions, guiding ideals and sustaining dreams, yet these questions are of great urgency.”Massingale said he would not attempt to answer these questions, but he turned to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to begin to address them, referencing King’s principle of the soul of a nation.“Dr. King viewed the mission of the Southern Leadership Conference as being the transformation of a society, not merely social change,” he said. “King knew that America’s problem was bigger than legal segregation of Jim or Jane Crow. Because the country’s long and dark history of genocide, slavery and segregation, he knew that without a moral transformation, racism would continue to mutate into different forms even after legal segregation was dismantled.”Segregation in America ended, Massingale said, but integration has failed. He said this could be seen in the way American cities were laid out — predominantly African-American communities tended to be separated from predominantly white communities.“To redeem the soul of America, what King meant was we have to go deeper beyond superficial surface changes, laws and customs,” he said. “Those are necessary, they’re important, but they’re only a first step. The true solution to the nation’s problems requires a transformation in moral values. It requires articulating what those values of the nation are.”Massingale said King’s principles could be seen even in modern movements, especially the Black Lives Matter movement.“Racism is a soul sickness,” Massingale said. “It’s a profound warping of the human spirit, one that enables human beings to create communities of cold, callous indifference towards their darker sisters and brothers. Stripped to its core, racism is that disturbing interior disease that enables people to not care for those that don’t look like them.”Massingale said the way to fully solve the issue of racism is more than just political policy, but more a matter of changing the country’s morals.“The problem we face in America is not that we have a President Trump,” he said. “President Trump is us. He’s the American psyche — our shadow side on steroids. He simply reflects our ambivalence toward the weak, our pursuit of national strength, our belief in American exceptionalism, the belief that we are special in a way that no one else in the world is. So removing Trump alone. … will not solve the problem. We have to interrogate the American soul.”People have the power to make the changes necessary to end racism, Massingale said.“Social life is made by human beings,” he said. “The society we live in is the result of human choices and decisions. That mean that human beings can change things.”Tags: Black lives matter, Jr., Martin Luther King, Racismlast_img read more