martin_luther_king

 

 

I think what I respected most about Martin Luther King was that he was an imperfect man with a perfect vision for civil rights and humanity.

 

 

First.

While MLK is tied very tightly to the rights of African Americans, I believe he would like to also be noted for his own “color blindness” and his leadership on civil rights – for all. The fact he stood tall against persecution of any person regardless of color of skin or ethnicity. I believe had he lived he was destined for UN ambassador or even UN Secretary General fighting for freedom of choice everywhere.

 

 

Second.

 

That said.

MLK day is a day celebrated in the US and a very special day to African Americans. I too celebrate the day and the memory of everything MLK fought for and the fight still going on today. I believe no white person can ever truly understand the depth of the persecution African Americans faced and what MLK stands for. Maybe I am naïve but I just don’t think it possible.

 

There is an absolutely wonderful episode of Boston Public which took this issue head on (whether white people have the right to discuss the “N” word and slavery). And while every bone in my body strains to have the depth of understanding and I am (or at least believe and hope I am) as color blind as any white person could be, I don’t think it’s possible to truly understand unless you are an African American.

Oh.

 

And I believe white people who claim to understand are naïve.

 

That does not mean I won’t try and better myself nor try every time I can to get closer to understanding every chance I get.

 

 

So.

 

With all that said.

 

I would like to leave this post with some of the words of “Shed a Little Light” a wonderful song written by James Taylor:

 

 

 

Let us turn our thoughts today
To martin luther king
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women
Living on the earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood
That we are bound together
In our desire to see the world become
A place in which our children
Can grow free and strong
We are bound together
By the task that stands before us
And the road that lies ahead
We are bound and we are bound

 

 

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Written by Bruce