Hello, and welcome back to my blog!
I recently had the great pleasure of marching in the MLK Day Parade in Denver. It was a cold and snowy day, but my heart was warm at seeing the thousands of Coloradans who had come out to support Dr. King’s Dream. The best part of this experience was being able to share it with my son Richard; it reminded me of the way my parents raised me. As a child, my family would gather around the dinner table and talk about current events and national issues. My mother was a teacher and heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movements, and I grew up in a union household. When the United Farm Workers Association boycotted grapes and other produce, these products were noticeably absent from our pantry. My parents instilled a strong sense of justice and fairness in me from the time I was young. I grew up in a time of great change and turmoil. Shortly before I became a bar mitzvah, both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. These events led me to join my local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, where I would become the first youth representative on the Executive Committee.
I come from a generation who thought we had finally won the battle for Civil Rights. When gay marriage became legal in 2015, we believed that nothing could stop the progress for which we’d worked so hard for 50 years. Sadly, that has changed since Trump was elected. It is astounding to see everything that happened in the last year. The events of Charlottesville have taught us that the problems endemic to our society in the 50s and 60s have not disappeared. The Trump administration has made it safe and acceptable for neo-Nazis and the alt right to come out in the open and challenge the ideals of our democracy.
As Colorado Attorney General, I pledge to fight the hate and racist thinking that is hurting our country. As Dr. King said, “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.” I vow to stand up for the Civil Rights of all Coloradans.