為了一個夢,你可以去到幾盡?For a dream, you can go but few do?

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六四那一年,看了一部電影,叫《Mississippi Burning》。至今還記得,從漆黑的電影院出來時的感覺:原來人面對不公義,內心的激動是那樣的。那一年,這種激動特別多,也特別大。
電影改編自真實歷史。1964年的密西西比,南下為黑人選民登記的三位民權人士,被當地三K黨和警察截停,近距離開槍殺死,棄屍水壩。其中一名死者,是21歲白人大學生Andrew Goodman。之前一年的今天,他和25萬美國人肩並肩,在華盛頓林肯紀念堂的台階前,聆聽了馬丁路德金的《我有一個夢》演說。
Goodman他們死後,聯邦警察介入調查,州政府竟拒絕檢控犯案者,聯邦政府檢控的18人只有7人罪成,但也獲得輕判。案件引發的民間怒潮,卻間接促成後來的民權法案和投票權法案通過。
那個年代的黑暗,今天似乎難以想像。《我有一個夢》50周年前夕,馬丁路德金兒子接受《蘋果》訪問,他鼓勵爭取民主的香港人不要放棄;當年民權運動的抗爭,就是無數人的前仆後繼,不屈不撓,發揮的力量令整個制度招架不住,繼而改變。
馬丁路德金當年說,他們來到華盛頓,是要「兌現支票」,那張寫在美國憲法和獨立宣言的契約:人人生而平等,享有同等生存、自由和追求幸福的權利。為了兌現這張支票,他們面對的是暴力甚至死亡的威脅。他們的抗爭,是超過一個世紀、不止一代人的努力。
陳健民昨日說,也許五十年後,我們的子孫會覺得,香港今天一小撮人掌握比其他大部份人更多的公民權利,是不可思議,正如今天回看半世紀前美國的種族隔離政策,會覺得匪夷所思。我希望,到了那一天,我們可以自豪地對子孫說,這是因為當年我們沒有放棄。
面對不公義時內心的激動,叫良心。因為良心,所以有夢想,夢想有天消滅不公義。但只有夢想並不足夠,還需要勇氣。勇氣並非無懼,克服恐懼,才叫勇氣。

陳沛敏
記者

translated by Google: Martin Luther King said that year, they came to Washington was to “cash”, that sheet of paper in the United States Constitution and the Declaration of independence of the contract: all human beings are born equal, equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In order to cash the check, they are faced with a threat of violence or even death.
They protest, is more than a century, the efforts of more than a generation. Jianmin Chen said yesterday, maybe 50 years, our children and grandchildren will think, Hong Kong today, a handful of people know more than most other civil rights is inconceivable, as today we look back half a century ago United States policy of racial segregation, would find incredible.
I hope that on that day, we can proudly say to children, it is because we did not give up. When faced with injustice and inner excitement, called conscience. For conscience sake, so dream, dream of eradicating injustice. But dreaming is not enough, you need courage. Courage is not without fear, overcoming fear, courage.

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