John Michaelis, University Monthly Meeting

Click here to read an article by a Quaker minded blogger writing under the pseudonym Arkan2.  Arkan writes: ‘a President of color … is a great symbolic victory, and I wouldn’t want to take that away from anybody. But what practical progress have we really made? People of color …, especially African Americans, are overwhelmingly poor, like the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Black people are grossly overrepresented in our nation’s prisons. In the realms of education, housing, business, and a dozen others, they suffer the downsides of affirmative action for whites—affirmative action which is so ingrained in our society, most of us don’t even notice it, let alone call it “affirmative action.” Arkan goes on to provide interesting historical perspective including the influence of Quakers on Martin Luther King and the US civil rights movement. Bernard Lafayette who features in the article, is a black Quaker academic who is also one of the founders of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP).

Arkan’s blog entry is headed ‘People who Inspire You’. We invite you to login to comment in the space below on his blog or on people who inspire.

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