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I went back and forth about rather or not, I would post about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the significance of celebrating his legacy and at first, I wasn’t. I didn’t know what I could say that hadn’t been said over and over today but this evening as I watched “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved the Way,” it was put on my heart to say a few things about what I am feeling.
Let me start by saying that in 2015, we often forget or have taken for granted, what Dr. King and all the people who fought for the rights and privilege that we have today. On a daily basis, we see our generation disrespecting and dishonoring all those who have made it possible for us to be able to live in the areas that we do, for our children to attend the schools that do, to be able to vote, sit where we like on a bus, eat inside of a restaurant, etc. etc. We have come so far in 50 years that my generation feels like it isn’t even necessary to vote. REALLY?
The kids sit on the back of the buses, call each other the N word and B word and walk around with their pants hanging off their butts. Some loot instead of peacefully protesting, turn a blind eye to injustices and disrespect ourselves and each other on a daily basis but have the nerve to become upset when other races do. What are we doing?
As I write this, I feel totally heartbroken and embarrassed to say that many in my generation have forgotten or for the sake of argument. have never been taught about those who have lost their lives or may have only been given that some ole lesson in January about The Civil Rights Movement, that is maybe a page or two in the history books. Unless we sought out the information about The Civil Rights Movement and our history in general or had family member who taught us about our history to ensure that we never forgot, we are doomed to repeat the past and look at us now. Look at what is happening in the world today. Look at it! I know Dr. King and everyone who lost their lives to fight for us to have the rights that we do today are probably looking down at us and crying because they paid the ULTIMATE sacrifice…they gave their lives…their LIVES! How many of us today would be willing to give our lives for social injustice?
We have come so far, yet we have so much further to go in regards to race relations and treating each other with respect. We have got to teach our children to love one another, treat people with respect and above all…RESPECT THEMSELVES. We have got to do better!