Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an American hero. He did a lot, not just for his race, but for America as a whole.
What saddens me deeply is that one day a year, we, as a nation, honor him and his words. But 364 days a year, we completely ignore his words. No matter how many statues are erected, no matter how many schools and roads are named after him, it means nothing if his message is lost.
This message is not directed at any one race, but rather the entire nation. We are currently living in a society where we judge people based on an arbitrary box they were placed in based on their race, gender, social standing, income, political party or lack there of, religion, etc. We have people fighting to reduce our freedoms. People actually fighting for segregation! People who want the government to be the everything in our lives. And they call that "progress."
So instead of dropping quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. one day a year and pretending you base your life on his view and his hopes, actually do. Listen to his speeches, they aren't hard to find. And learn to take each person you meet at face value instead of your preconceived notion of who they are according to what you've heard about people like them. No one is who you have heard people like them are.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a gift to a nation who desperately needed to hear what he was saying, and he came at a time when his words could be recorded for future generations long after he was gone. Listen. Then live them.
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