What would Dr. King say about our culture today? If we kept what he stood for in perspective and in context, how much of what his name is now used for would he actually agree with?
Martin Luther King, Jr stood for freedom, equality, and justice due to the tremendous hardships Blacks endured not only at that time, but also from the people before them. Slaves who lived lives not fit for most people’s dogs today. Cruel treatment in the form of rape, hangings, and torment. Taking fathers from their families and killing them in front of the children and wives, and so much more -horrific abuse. Yes, it all happened right here where you and I now live, for more than 200 years up until the 70’s and sporadically after that.
Through it all, Blacks were still a very proud people and worked very hard to prove themselves to whites. Not to be accepted, but to show that they were equal and in most cases, better than their white, prejudiced counterparts.
Equal as it pertains to their ability, their giftedness, their love for their families. Equal to being good fathers and mothers. Equal to being hard workers and being the best at whatever task they were given to do – whether it be a housemaid/butler, school teacher, attorney, preacher, or business owner (Yes, Blacks owned their own businesses, serving each other and abroad). Equal to being human.
Blacks were God-fearing, courageous, industrious, enterprising, educated, family oriented, law abiding, and proud people. They had overcome insurmountable odds. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr fought to preserve the integrity of the black race at THAT level.
When using his namesake, it is important that we do not water down his image and high-jack his legacy, the Black heritage and race, and that great moment in time to serve causes that don’t reflect the same integrity, struggle, and fight which he stood for.