Palpable good feelings at today’s Moral March

Moral MarchThere were lots of highlights at today’s Moral March on Raleigh:

  • the record crowd numbering in the tens of thousands that braved frigid temperatures and wintry weather predictions,
  • the impressive organization of the event itself that resulted in a shorter route, succinct speeches, and giant TV screens and loudspeakers for the thousands who couldn’t get close to the podium,
  • the amazing way in which participants flooded social media sites with running commentaries, photos and videos,
  • and, of course, Rev. William Barber’s inspiring grand finale speech,

to name just a few. But the coolest and most-inspiring moments for me (and I’m sure, many, many others) were the countless incidents in which individuals of incredibly diverse backgrounds — young and old, black, brown and white, gay and straight, documented and undocumented, union members and non-union members, religious and non-religious — touched hands, hugged, made eye contact, shouted in unison and shared together in a profound sense of oneness and community. From virtually any vantage point at the giant event, one could look around and see people “being” the world they hoped to create. And what a very hope-filled and encouraging world it was.

Now that it’s over, of course, people will head back to their day-to-day lives (most in places and environments that are not nearly so diverse and hope-filled). Fortunately, however, virtually all of these thousands of individuals will be bringing back with them at least a little of the positive energy and renewed sense of purpose and determination that permeated today’s March. If not another thing comes of today’s event,  this fact assures that it will still have been more than worth the effort.




  1. Skeptic

    February 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Rob, you’re right about a lot of stuff, but one thing here is ridiculous–documented and “undocumented?” Are you seriously implying that the only difference between law-abiding citizens and foreign nationals who intentionally broke our laws is that they supposedly just lost their papers? I’m sorry but obeying the law MATTERS, even if you’re part of an angelic “victim group.” Eventually liberals are going to have to get over their squeamishness and exquisite sensitivity to criticism of “victims” and set STANDARDS.The main reason voters don’t totally repudiate Republikkkans is Democrats act like sentimental little children who can’t handle power. Machiavelli put it well–those who can’t get over their aversion to “cruelty justly applied” are just as unworthy of leadership as those who have no reservations in the first place.

    BTW, very few of them are “undocumented.” They usually possess several forged documents, including fake Social Security cards–which is itself a felony. We are not on the same legal plane as them. Deal with it.

  2. Vicki Boyer

    February 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    People may return to their day-to-day lives, but the ‘after party’ will continue on FB and Twitter for at least 48 hours. The sharing of pictures and comments and ‘likes’ goes on, allowing participants to multiply the time actually spent at the rally and deepen connections between those who did not run into each other in the crowd.

    Social media plays a big role in cementing relationships between participants and keeping the energy alive. What happens during the event is only the beginning.

  3. Susan

    February 8, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Those foreign nationals who came to the USA as babies DID NOT BREAK THE LAW. It appears their parents did. Have you ever been punished for the crimes of your parents, Mr. White-guy Skeptic? Do you even realize that your ancestors were “allowed” to come to this country because they had WHITE SKIN?

    According to your standards, the only people who should have been allowed to immigrate to the land now known as the USA, would be those who have gotten the appropriate “legal” documents. Well, the ONLY people who could have granted such a thing IS THE NATIVES OF THIS COUNTRY since they were the owners/caretakers of the lands and waters. And not one damn legal document was issued! As a matter of fact, some of the “undocumented” today have ancestors born in the area now called the south-west the USA LONG BEFORE YOUR ANCESTORS LEFT EUROPE.

    Oh, I know you have white skin because your obliviousness to your white privilege is screaming all though your post above.

  4. gregflynn

    February 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

    There were tens of thousands of people. I was at the back with several church groups. The marching started at 10:30 and there were so many present it took until 11:30 before the people at the back could begin walking.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    February 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    So, divide the NAACP number by 15 and you get 5-10 thousand just like I said.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    February 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Greggy, I think you were mistaken…..that was the Krispy Kreme run. Now I actually believe you were in a significant crowd! 10-15 thousand for that….5 thousand for the “march” and we come up to the numbers.

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