I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our forum.
Five score weeks ago, a great Rioter, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Summoners Code. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of forumers who had been seared in the flames of trolls. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their flaming.
But one month later, the forumer still is not free. One month later, the life of the forumer is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One month later, the forumer lives on a lonely island of grey in the midst of a vast ocean of bright text and shiny green check mark shields. One month later, the forumer is still languished in the corners of League society and finds himself an exile in his own forum. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind Riot of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our forum from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Gray's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Two thousand eleven is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Gray needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the forum returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in Riot until the Gray is granted his posting rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our forum until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into trolling. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting banning force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Gray community must not lead us to a distrust of all bright people, for many of our bright brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of gray rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Gray is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of red brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our posts, heavy with the fatigue of typing, cannot gain upvotes in the threads of the forums. We cannot be satisfied as long as the grays's basic mobility is from a smaller thread to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our posts are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Brights Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Gray in Lore cannot roleplay and a Gray in feedvacj believes he has nothing for which to give feedback on. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from long bans. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of red brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Lore, go back to Feedback, go back to Competitive discussion, go back to Off Topic, go back to Item Discussion, go back to the guides and strategies of our League of Legends, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the Riot dream.
I have a dream that one day this forum will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all posters are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red posts of Lore, the sons of former grays and the sons of former reds will be able to sit down together at the table of roleplaying.
I have a dream that one day even the forum of General Discussion, a forum sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little smurfs will one day post in a forum where they will not be judged by the color of their text but by the content of their post.
]I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Help & Support, with its vicious racists, with its moderator having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Help & Support little gray boys and gray girls will be able to join hands with little bright boys and bright girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every post shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to General Discussion with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our forum into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to get baned together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My forum 'tis of thee, sweet forum of liberty, of thee I sing.
Forum where my main was baned, forum of the Beta Tester's pride,
From every threadside, let freedom ring!
And if Riot is to be a great company, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of General Discussion.
Let freedom ring from the mighty roleplays of Lore.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Champion suggestions of Champion feedback.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Release Notes of Announcements.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous Guides of Strategy.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from threads of Clan & Team Recruitment.
Let freedom ring from Tryhard threads of Competitive Discussion.
Let freedom ring from every thread and post of Item Discussion.
From every forumside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every forum and every thread, from every post and every quote, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, Gray men and white men, BRs and Europeans, Tryhards and Casuals, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Gray spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
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