Monday, May 29, was Memorial Day. The day, traditionally the start of Summer, is also a day to remember those who gave their lives in service of our country and it’s ideals.
But the events of May 26, the stabbing of three men, two of which would die from their wounds, who were trying to protect two Muslim women, makes me realize that America has a long history of ordinary people who gave their lives for the ideals of democracy and justice. Folks like the untold thousands of native Americans who died fighting for their land and way of life, those who gave their lives on the front lines of struggle for fair wages and the right to organize. Those who gave their lives in the name of civil rights and those gunned down by American troops in places like Kent State and Jackson State.
Ricky John Best, a 23-year veteran of the Army and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, a recent graduate working as a consultant, may be the first of “The Resistance” to fall in the battle against hatred.
It is a matter now of making sure their deaths are not in vain.