Is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream Part of Your Legacy?
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, we have a black president but are we really less segregated than we were back then? In New York City, we have numerous black men being stopped for Stop and Frisk, and the George Zimmerman trial reminded us that race still plays a big role in our society. I can appreciate that for my son’s generation, race is not as big as an issue than it is for past generations. This is partly due to the fact that they are still young and haven’t yet really experienced life.
If you want to see if much has changed since that march on Washington, tweet something about race on social media, and see the responses. Yes, we’ve made some strides in improving race relations but recent events show us that we have more than 50 years to go before Dr. King’s dream is realized.
In the meantime, what we can do is reinforce to the next generation the importance of acceptance as it applies to culture, race, class and gender. We can start to model empathy and compassion for those who are different from us. We can start to walk our talk and be mindful of the times we are being intolerant, judgmental and bigoted.
It takes being open and honest about our own intolerance and how we contribute to our children’s narrow-minded views. We are all part of Dr. King’s dream but how many of us will make the effort to make it a reality.
Like Dr. King, I dream of the day when my sons will not be judge by the “color of their skin but the content of their character.”