There is no doubt that we are living to watch history in the making these days. Today, as the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states, it made me stop to think about what this means.
From the legalization of gay marriage to the controversy of removing the Confederate flag after the Charleston shootings, we are living in a time that will be written in the history books. In a few years if not sooner, law students will be studying about the Supreme Court ruling. Where we learned about the history of America’s founders, we are now leading it. We are living in it.
I used to watch Gone with the Wind, one of my favorite movies, but didn’t really realize what it meant in history. I studied about the Civil War in school and knew what it meant in our history but didn’t know how the feelings and emotions were still being felt. How those feelings are still very much alive and raw. One day, the Confederate flag might be removed altogether and again we are living to see it all happen.
There should be no room for hate and discrimination in our hearts or society. These historical moments, whether we agree with them or not, are humbling to witness. I am honored to be alive to see all the change, love and acceptance that is taking place in our society.
Where do we go from here? I hope we go forward and I hope we all remember to listen to one another–really listen–and never be afraid to speak up or stand for what we believe in.