As I reflect on this day as we honor Martin Luther King today, I ponder what would he think if he look at the state of the world today. His impact on the African-American community and civil rights in America remains pivotal. He broke through barriers that others could not. But would he be ashamed of how little progress we’ve made since. Race tensions still run deep, and wounds of the past still haunt and affect interactions. I question whether healing of injustices has occurred at any significant level. Certainly not to the point that is needed for harmonious co-existence.
Why has no one picked up the torch that was extinguished on the day of this fine man’s assassination. The Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton’s fail to ignite the dream the King planted in the heart’s of a nation. Race baiting exacerbates instead of transforming. Neither does joining your own home grown militia. We need to fulfill the dream that this man gave his life to attain – racial harmony not mere tolerance of each other – cultural tolerance and love of our fellow man. I'm at a loss to determine how to accomplish this goal. For me personally, I try to be Jesus instead of preaching Jesus. Love and mercy must infiltrate society if any hope of easing these issues and achieving true racial equality. We have failed the memory of this great man when we individually fail to even attempt to walk in love for our fellow man.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'"
We become from when we give up judgment and hatred, for when we allow bitterness or prejudice to exist in our hearts, we are slaves to that person, and do not know what true freedom is. Dr. King understood this oh so well.
As I view the political arena at this time, I wonder, how can we bring back Dr. King's peaceful resistance movements, as we watch political tyranny usurp the people's freedom. How can the people have a voice again as Dr. King exercised his rights in a peaceful manner to facilitate change. What will it take to remove the apathy in the American people again before its to late? A new form of slavery exists, but we fail to recognize it or bother to do anything about it because it doesn't yet involve the physical enslavement of individuals like the African American's in the 1800's, but the results will be equally far reaching. Will anyone stand up, as Dr. King did and lead with love, and take action. I wish I had the answer, but it will require the character of a Dr. Martin Luther King, and the boldness to do something. Failure to take action, is an action, and the consequences more severe.
King's classic statement rings too true, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." We can't stand mute to the situation in America and pretend we don't see the atrocities in our own county where wrong is called right and right wrong all in the name of political correctness. Let's bring back the peaceful , non-violent protests, and lets have a voice for truth again.