Here are the highlights of 1968:
- Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated.
- North Korea captured the American surveillance ship USS Pueblo which led to an 11-month standoff that would ultimately worsen Cold War tensions.
- Many, many protests had broken out in opposition to the draft and the Vietnam War.
- Star Trek had aired its first interracial kiss.
- We had successfully orbited the moon.
- Olympic medalists, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, made a silent protest on stage for Human Rights.
- Richard Nixon had been elected president.
We’ve come a long way over the last 50 years. And while the decade closes in perhaps not the best of places there is plenty to be hopeful for.
Because a record number of women, people of color and LGBTQ have been elected to congress.
Because we have seen the minimum wage raised in so many states.
Because of social movements like #metoo, #blacklivesmatter and #nobannowall.
Because the greedy and corrupt can’t hide the same way anymore.
Because in 30 years it is estimated that America’s majority will be people of color and mixed races.
Because more women are going to college than men.
While the problems we have are urgent and important, because of people like you, things have and continue to change.
It isn’t doom and gloom. The narrative is there to purposely cause people that care to give up.
Instead, make a ruckus.