If plans remain unchanged, the KKK will parade down the streets of Memphis on Holy Saturday, just before Easter Sunday.
It’s the same day friends of mine are hosting an Easter event for hundreds of children served by the Department of Children Services in Memphis.
The contrast could not be greater.
One group, unworthy of attention, marching on pavement. Demanding power and privilege.
The other group, so worthy of attention, skipping through grass. Giving love and laughter.
One group shouting words of hatred. Lifting hands of intolerance.
The other group squealing words of delight. Lifting hands of joy.
One group too-often noticed, deserving to be forgotten.
The other group too-often forgotten, deserving to be noticed.
I suspect on that day I’ll join my friends and those kids. That other group will be out of sight and out of mind. We won’t dignify their parade with our presence. We’d rather dignify these kids.
And I wonder…
What would happen if everyone in the Mid South did something similar? What if every man, woman and child made plans on Holy Saturday to tutor some kids, clean up a neighborhood, visit some shut-ins, or engage in other acts of selfless love? What if we were all so busy loving on others that we didn’t even have time for those who want to hate on others?
What would happen if the KKK planned a parade and no one noticed?