I feel like we need Martin Luther King Jr more than ever…

Since we don’t have the man, we can have his words.

For most of today I’ve been thinking about his bravery, his fearlessness, and his unwillingness to accept the injustice he witnessed against his fellow man due to the color of their skin.

Since Saturday I’ve honestly been consumed with trying to put myself in the shoes of intolerant people, and I simply cannot.  I don’t get it.  What difference does it make to you, your life, your beliefs, your bank account when others are different to you?

The answer is it does not.

I feel as though we need to meditate on the power, and progress that was made by Martin Luther King Jr today and every day. Because, if one thing this Trump era has made blatantly clear, racism is alive, and well in America.  So for me, the most fitting quote of his to post today is this one:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

You were one hell of a man, you did amazing work, and now it is our duty to continue in your footsteps and put this dark side of society to rest once and for all…and we will do it with love, compassion, empathy and inclusion.

 

3 Comments

  1. There are so many people echoing his words especially today. I was a teenager when I heard his last speech on television, he was a man ahead of his time. His message not lost on me. We will need to remember his words as the months go by, this will not be an easy time, Trump is likely to set civilization back to the 1800s.
    Treat people as you would like to be treated that’s what I try to do.

  2. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a remarkable man and we do indeed need him at this point in our history. He argued successfully against all the racist claims that were hurled not only at him, but also every African-American in our country. He would always come back with a scathing comment couched in gentle terms, that effectively took the wind out the white supremacists who made them. It was wonderful to watch, and it was wonderful to have him in our world.

    What a lot of people don’t know, is that in October 19 he and 33 other activists were arrested for staging a sit-in at a famous “whites only” lunch room in Atlanta. The charges were dropped for the 33 other protesters and they were released on October 22. King was sent from the Atlanta city jail to the jail in Decatur, Georgia where he was put on a train in the middle of the night of October 26 taking him to Reidsville State Prison Farm.

    The state alleging that participation in the sit-in violated King’s suspension of a traffic related charge from years earlier, but it was an open secret that the plan was to get King out of the limelight so that he could be assassinated.

    Concern for King’s safety continued to rise and became a national phenomenon. Then President Eisenhower who had been called on to intervene, which he did not. Instead he contacted the Democratic nominee in the presidential campaign. It was only eight days until the election but John Kennedy took decisive action, including having his brother, Robert, contact the highest ranking elected officials in the Georgia state government.

    Whatever he said to them did the trick and on October 27, King was released from prison narrowly escaping certain death. Eight years later, he would not be so lucky.

  3. Am certainly with you on these thoughts, except I wonder if you think the evil of racism exists ONLY in America? Not in your home country? Did I not see a tweet about problems on Canadian campuses today (this evil goes beyond just the color factor). Hidden evil is still evil.

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