No Civil Rights without Civility

When Betsy DeVos stood up to speak at Bethune-Cookman University's 2017 commencement in Daytona Beach, graduating students booed and turned their backs.  It was despicable behavior.  The president of the school rebuked the students and defended his guest, but to no avail.  This should raise in all of our minds this question: what in the world are they teaching them at that school? Until the last few decades, black Americans were taught by our parents to show hospitality and civility.  It was "yes sir" and "yes ma'am."  We addressed our parents and their friends with "Miss" or "Mister" in front of the name.  All people were to be treated well when they entered your home.  Civility was a cultural mandate. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King reflected this in his dignified approach to the civil rights struggle.  Unlike Malcolm X, King made no violent threats, lobbed no insults, and never engaged in...(Read Full Article)

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