First, I want to say happy Martin Luther King Day. To remember, a moment of silence should be in order - starting now.
I know this is a strange holiday. Some people have to work while others are lucky enough to have time off. For me, the
only reason I have the time to type this is that the ice strom knocked out the power at my paying job and they didn't know
when it would be back on. So, ironically, I get the day off due to the weather.
In remembering Dr. Kng and his legacy, I think it's ironic that the establishment and the mainstream media want to keep
him frozen in 1963. Yes, I 'll agree the I Have A Dream speech is moving (and sadly still relevant today), however what he
did during his later years in attacking poverty, speaking out against the Vietnam War, and managing to connect the dots found
him in a more radicalized space that we all can draw lessons from. King was attacked for these views in his last years of
his life - especially his stance on Vietnam, but his critique is still sadly relevant today.
Where does that leave us now? Yes, things have gotten a lot better since the days of the civil rights movement. However,
we still have a long way to go until we all are basically equal under the law. Reports of possible intimidation of minority
voters in the last election is just one very glaring example of how little things have actually changed since King's assassination
in 1968. So far the work is still cut out for us but, if we want everyone to be free and equal, the path is obvious. This
country still needs that wake up call to look around and deal with the injustices, racial and otherwise, within our own borders.
It' s not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it will be important. Only when we make a concerete
effort to confront this ignorance and how it's institutionalized in our power structure can we truly begin to make progress
towards being free at last.
I can't think of much else to say right now so go debate amongst yourselves