The True Message

Today, as all of you most certainly know, is Martin Luther King Day in the United States of America. This day is designed to remember the contributions of the premier Civil Rights Movement leaders in the U.S. Most people in this country remember this fairly easily because most people in this country get the day off. But today is much more than just a day off.

The true message of Martin Luther King day is not, in fact, to give Americans a day off from their hard work. True, this is a convenient side bonus, but this is not something we should be lost in. We should all use today to truly remember the sacrifice of Dr. King.

A pastor’s child born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929, Dr. King was raised through the Great Depression. His childhood was one of segregation, racism, and degradation. Dr. King was undoubtedly used to the treatment of African Americans in this country, as, being raised in the south, he was most certainly on the receiving end of harsh treatment.

Instead of using this as a fuel for his hatred of whites (which, even as one, I could not begin to imply was anything less than justified) Dr. King used his upbringing as a pastor’s child to fuel something very different. It was certainly a revolution of sorts, but a peaceful one, which would lead to a much safer and more equal country.

I won’t go over the details here, you all undoubtedly know the story. Dr. King leads protests, and, though he loses his life to the struggle, his battle is successful. More than he could ever believe, in fact. Not fifty years after the culmination of his work, an African American was elected president of this country which Dr. King loved so very much.

Dr. King dreamed of a day where his children, and all of his countrymen, would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Today he has that dream. Almost.

If we are truly to honor Dr. King’s message, we must stop this attitude that President Obama must be given free pass as the first African American president. I am in no way saying we should be prejudiced towards the president. I revere the message of Dr. King, and in no way hope to defame it. Still, I must stress that for this country to be truly equal, we must judge all men, presidents or not, black or white, as really, truly equal.

That said, let us together remember the good message, the dreams of Dr. King. I wish you all a good Martin Luther King Day. Good Evening, and have a fantastic week.

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