As I reflect on today, I am bittersweet for a man whose life was stolen and for a social conscious that was birthed from his untimely death. Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than a man of rhetoric and compassion. He was a vehicle of social change and equality. He used his mouth when most used their hands and weapons. He practiced love when most sought hate. He was the Gandhi of his time. The Malcolm X after the storm. The Mother Teresa of humanity. The Barack Obama of today.
Thinking of MLK, Jr. and all he stood for, I can’t help but to ponder on how he would feel if he were alive today. Would he cover his ears as “niggas, bitches, hoes, and drugs” are blasted from the lyrics of the radio? Would he hide his eyes as women pose on Twitter and Facebook in nothing but their underwear or at times “bare it all?” What are we really crying out for because there is no true message this self defamation is sending. Have we failed, MLK, Jr. when people compare our First Lady to apes and gorillas? Is that society’s way of saying we have “evolved?” We blame every Muslim for the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 and we continue to spew forth hatred and blasphemy at anyone who does not ring true to Christianity or have the same religious beliefs as us. As a Christian, I know the way, the truth, and the light and I can only hope to dim, if not overexpose that. I don’t have to result to injury because someone is DIFFERENT. But when will we as a nation stop oppressing the oppressed and learn to love in spite of differences?
In 2012, race, class, social, religious, etc., issues are still evident, but we have come a long way. Our battle today is political moreso than anything. There’s a power struggle with which party will come out on top and who will sink to the bottom. I acknowledge that we need differences. God wanted it that way because too much of anything is not good. But at some point we need to place, woman/male, black/white/Asian/Hispanic/Indian/Multiracial,etc. Republican/Democrat/Green/Independent, working/retired, old/young and all other divisive factors aside and learn to work for the common/greater good of humanity. That’s what MLK. Jr. fought for. Now, has his dream come true? Partially, it has but we still have a long way to go and I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from him to marinate on:
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ~ Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.