Saturday, September 10, 2005

PREACHERS, THEN AND NOW


Later, during a service at the Pilgrim Rest AME Zion church outside Mobile, [Condi] Rice nodded in agreement as the Rev. Malone Smith Jr. advised the congregation, "Wait for the Lord."
"There are some things the president can do; there are some things the government can do," Smith told about 300 worshippers during a rollicking two-hour service. "But God can do all things. I want you to know he's never late. He's always on time."
Rice later echoed the call for patience.
"The Lord is going to come on time — if we just wait," she said.
- Rice Defends Bush's Katrina Response, AP, 9/4/05

Frankly I have never yet engaged in a direct action movement that was "well timed," according to the timetable of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with a piercing familiarity. This "wait" has almost always meant "never." It has been a tranquilizing Thalidomide, relieving the emotional stress for a moment, only to give birth to an ill-formed infant of frustration.
- Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," 4/16/63

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