This is going to be short since I had a post yesterday as well. I certainly couldn’t go another day without acknowledging the 50th anniversary of one of the most important and impressive speeches in American history, if not world history.

DrKing

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr got up to the podium on this day 50 years ago in Washington D.C. at the Washington Monument and gave a rousing and stirring speech about freedom, brotherhood and equality. The March on Washington was a seminal event because it helped spark many of the instances of civil disobedience around the country that helped get rid of Jim Crow laws, even if a lot of people not only got hurt but got killed.

There’s always a debate around this time as to just how Dr. King would feel if he were still alive today and looked around at our country. I tend to believe that he wouldn’t be all that happy, even with Barack Obama in the office of the presidency. Racism is still there, even if there are laws against it to some degree. Minority unemployment is more than double, in some cases triple, that of the majority. Literacy rates haven’t gotten much better. The black communities are struggling even more these days as in major cities the concept of gentrification pushes them further away from the city center and further away from the possibility of getting jobs so they can provide for their families. And think about this; here is is, 2013, and Congress still have to vote on a Civil Rights Act, and there’s a good chance it won’t pass.

This isn’t just an American issue anymore; it’s a world issue. Now that the blanket has been lifted we’re hearing all these bad things that happen to minorities and women and those of the “wrong” religion in their particular countries and those who have a sexual orientation that someone else doesn’t like and know that it’s bigger than us. And in reality, Dr. King was always talking about things that were bigger than us.

But the U.S. has to get its own house in order. So as we celebrate a speech that uplifted a lot of people and gave them some hope, let’s see if someone, anyone, figures out a way to get a positive action started. This is my attempt; let’s talk.
 

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