I wrote this because I have lost a lot of friends over this election, and it greatly saddens me…
I think that politics brings out the worst in people. I have been doing a lot of research into the life of Martin Luther King Jr. I will list thoughts from other people, and then I will say what I want to say. Did you all know that MLK was a Republican? I did. There are a lot of black journalists who write that MLK would be disappointed today, and I have to say I agree with them.
Eugene Kane said that if MLK were alive today he wouldn’t be afraid to speak out about the dysfunction in so many black families today that lead to black-on-black crime and out of control youths. That he would take Bill Cosby’s stance and urge black parents to take more responsibility. According to the Bureau of Justice, roughly 7,000 black people are murdered each year, and 94% of the time the murderer is another black person? Why is that? Maybe something to think about.
DJ Supreme used the non-political route and listed 5 things that MLK would be disappointed in. Black reality TV shows because they always display the lowest common form of black America. Rap music because the music that hits the shelves displays black people at their worst. Not every black person in American sells drugs or uses them, and the disrespect of women. And DJ Supreme stated that he loves hip-hop, but not rap. Music does affect people. I had to think about this one right here, but he’s right. He said Martin Luther King Jr. roads he would be disappointed in. There are many MLK roads, and most of them you go to have the worst living conditions. You’re almost scared to go down them. DJ Supreme said that you would think that residents of the street would do more to reinforce what MLK stood for. Pedophiles in the black churches…ex. Bishop Eddie Long, that one explains itself. Last but not least, black men in prison…80% of the prison population is black, and that by no way was any part of MLK’s dream. I hope that reading this you will agree with DJ Supreme.
Now on to what MLK believed in. He was a humble man that stood up for the equality of both black and white people. Many people think he just fought for black people, but he fought for white people, too. So because of that, this isn’t just directed towards black people, it covers humanity. He believed in peace among people. MLK is one of my top 5 heroes, believe it or not. Might I add that MLK was very much pro-life, because of his Christian belief. I will use a few of MLK’s quotes and expound on them. MLK stated, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” It was never about making his life better; it was about making the lives around him better. Today, Americans just think about themselves. What is best for myself? We don’t take the time to think about what is best for our neighbor. Here’s another one, “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” Just look at the violence in the US. I have friends on my social network from different countries that are scared to come visit the US because of the violence. They don’t understand why people kill each other for no reason, and quite frankly, I don’t either. I couldn’t even think about killing another person even if they did something to my family. I guess it’s God in me. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” This is probably one of my favorite ones. Notice he said work for our freedom. We can’t just lay down and expect stuff to be handed to us. MLK wouldn’t be against welfare, but he wouldn’t be against people making an effort to better themselves. To go out and make something of themselves. To not let your past hold you down. He sure didn’t. That’s what MLK was all about, that embodies who he was. People rising up out of their struggle and becoming something so much greater. America has become lazy. Just a few more. This one speaks volumes, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Love is what will get America back on track. This comes from both sides of the field when it comes to politics. There is so much hate in this country now over the election. Just because I am not for who you are for, doesn’t mean I don’t love you. I am going to love you regardless. When I reach out my hand, grab it; don’t turn away because I don’t agree with what you believe in. Let me love on you, and tell you how great you are. Because you are brilliant, more than you will ever know. This is the only racial comment, I will use. MLK stated, “I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.” MLK was for black and white people uniting, not one race of people trying to become better than the other. Makes you wonder why America is on a downfall. I go to a mostly black church, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. That is my family. They truly are my brothers and sisters. Last but not least, and I don’t think this one needs to be explained, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
MLK’s niece, Alveda King, said that she doesn’t know who he would be for today. He probably wouldn’t be for neither of them. I know for one thing, the way the country is now, was not MLK’s dream. So I challenge each and every one of you to stand up and become more like MLK. Embody what he believed in. Learn to have more tolerance. I will do my part, please do your part. Let’s bring America back together. I didn’t bring religion into it, because I don’t even feel this is a religious thing at all. It’s humanity… with that, I’m putting down my pen now. MLK, thanks for fighting for me. God bless you all!