Elsewhere on this page is a column by former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, who proposes making the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday a day of public service. We heartily applaud the proposal, but would encourage communities in this region to take it a step further. Whatever public service is done on this day should be done jointly, by citizens of all races.
We propose this for a number of reasons. Due to the increasing demands placed on our time by work and the chores of daily living, too many of us stick with what's easy, with what's familiar.
Changing our routine takes time that we don't seem to have, so we don't do it. As a result, we miss the chance to meet people of different races, who are more like us than they are different. If we worked once a year with people of different races to clean up a public park, or stock the shelves at a food bank, we might actually talk together and learn something about each other. We might actually want to make it more than a once-a-year thing.