It’s Martin Luther King day. It’s also the first time I’ve ever been able to take this holiday, which makes me excited!
But, instead of celebrating all the advances we’ve made in race relations I can’t help but feel that America today is divided and full of hate. It’s almost like we took two steps forward and 50 steps backward. With the slew of fatal shootings of young, mostly unarmed black men and women by police to the blatant disrespect President Obama has received for the past seven years mostly on the basis of his race, it’s hard to think this is the world Dr. King envisioned with his “I Have A Dream” speech.
Dr. King himself was a great man, but (like the rest of us) was a flawed human being. Nevertheless, he had a talent of making us see the best in ourselves and our potential to access the most noble parts of our humanity. Don’t believe me? Just read the following quotes by Dr. King himself:
- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
- I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
- We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
- Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
The one thing we can learn from Dr. King’s words? Love. For our own good and for the good of society at large, we really must learn once and for all to approach the future with love and respect for one another. Then maybe, just maybe, one day we really can say we’ve achieved Dr. King’s dream.