“The curse of poverty has no justification in our age,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr. in a book, “Where Do We Go From Here — Chaos or Community?” that was written in 1967, and into which I dip every year around this time.
He said that almost 50 years ago, when there were three social classes in this country. Now, it’s pretty much fair to say there are two, the gap between them continuing relentlessly to widen.
There were flowers all around for the seven seniors and hugs and touching tributes before the girls basketball game began at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor Monday evening.
But when Kasey Gilbride, one of those seniors, hurled a Southold opponent to the floor in fighting for possession of the opening tip-off, one knew that Kevin Barron’s Whalers, who were looking to nail the lid down on the school’s first league championship since 1992, had come to play.