Monday, January 18, 2016

Honoring Dr. King

by Liz Smith

We are taking today off, in memory of the late Martin Luther King.
I know taking a day off is not possible for everybody. Many of you have to work, even on this national holiday.

But what we can do, at work or at home in front of the TV, is remember and honor the assassinated civil rights leader's message of peace and hope and equality for all men.

I hear so often that we live in a "post-racial" society. And that the election of Barack Obama to the presidency — twice! — is proof positive of that. Sadly, Obama's presence in the White House has revealed a still-deep racial schism. Deny it if you want to. I don't and can't. And you really can't deny it either, as we count down to the next presidential election, with so much thinly-veiled racism alive, well, and blooming, in fact.

Yes, some things are "improving." But Martin Luther King's dream of transformation has yet to awaken America fully. We're still dreaming. We're still fighting the good fight — thank you, Black Lives Matter.

Someday, maybe, Martin Luther King's sacrifice will be fully realized in a genuinely "post-racial" world.

In the meantime, we can all try a little harder to curb and recognize our own creeping, incipient prejudices, recognize fully those prejudices in others — don't fall for coded, loaded, politic-speak! We can try to make a great American dream come true. Because it can come true. It must.

Now, more than ever.
 
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