But I’ve got news for them, too. I was too young to be involved in that movement, but I felt I could play a small part in the continuing battle for justice by helping rebuild some of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. We are a better country than this. The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your lives – on health care and education and the economy – Senator McCain has been anything but independent. We are the party of Roosevelt. “And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”
John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith, and service because they’ve defined his life. The UCC is still listening. But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. I am emphasizing such investments within my country.