I feel so conflicted posting about MLK Jr. this year. It's as though I do not feel qualified, or that I haven't earned the right.
Growing up, I thought MLK Day was a nod to the past. A day to celebrate how far we've come and give respect to a man who led our country in civil rights, service and love.
I feel embarrassed by my ignorance. In school, I learned about slavery and racism and civil rights. I knew that racism and injustice still existed, but I thought most of those were problems of the past. Things that people of another time were responsible for.
I was part of a social club in high school called the MLK group, which did all sorts of volunteer work. It was a wonderful group, but in reflection how odd that we never spoke about MLK's struggles or the injustices and privelage in our own community.
I did not make an effort to fully learn, or understand, from books or individuals which could've enlightened me, not only our history, but as to how that history impacts people today.
I didn't give thought to the history we are making now. I do not feel proud when I think about the way future generations will view us.
How could I acknowledge MLK and the importance of his words, his actions and his character without seeming shallow, privalaged and/or ignorant?
So, with that I am posting my ramblings and heavy heart that a simple post obviously cannot fix.Maybe next year, I will appreciate all of the other quotes and images of MLK and may have a change of perspective next year.
Unitl then, the second image is a post's screenshot that I wrote earlier this month. I am still questioning those thoughts today.
Image by my new favorite Instagrammer: @aolanow
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