Monday, January 16, 2012

What would MLK think?

 It's been interesting to see all of the things posted about Dr Martin Luther King today.
Regardless of your color or creed, you cannot help but be in awe of M.L.K. Even some fifty years later his words are still so powerful. He spoke with passion and conviction and I can't help but wonder where all of that passion and conviction has gone. I wonder what Dr King what think if her were alive today?

We live in the richest country in the world, but people starve. We elect people to speak for the people, but so many people go unheard. Home ownership is part of the dream that was America, but so many people can't buy one regardless of how hard they work. Martin Luther King was a man of peace , but in almost every city, in every state, streets bearing his name are some of the most violent. I can't help but wonder what he would think today? Is this the America he and others like him dreamed about?

 It's been fifty years and there is still racism. Our teens are beaten, broken down, and ending their lives based on the opinions and cruelty of others. Our government is more worried about "political agenda" than actually helping the people of America. Is this the dream? There was a dream where people could be different and live together in peace. Are we there yet? Are We even close?

 In 1963 one man spoke with conviction. One man fought and with his voice alone moved people to action. You could hear the passion. His words made you believe. He fought, but not with his hands. He changed the richest nation in the world with faith, love, and the belief that there was a better way.
This country has so many people who speak just to hear themselves talk. What are they even saying? Anyone with a computer can post a video. It's not the same thing. The passion isn't there. I am curious to see who comes next. Who will be the one to do some of things that Martin Luther King did? Who is the next person who will defy a country, and truly not be afraid to dream of a better world. Who will speak the words that will make the politicians of this great country take notice?

 Will it be a teacher, a house wife, or the dwindling middle class father working his fingers to the bone so his family can live? Will it be a black man, a Asian woman, or the college student who dared to be different? I hope I get to see it. I love the fact that I get to use my voice for a living. I am still in awe of the fact that M.L.K'S words still hold so much power, so many years later. There was/is a dream. There are so many voices yet to be heard. I can't wait for the one that truly restores my faith in the world.

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