Today, January 15, 2019, would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday. Can you imagine what would of and could of been had Dr. King not been assassinated? Maybe human and civil rights would be further along or maybe not. But one thing is for sure we all know the power of a dream.
Dr. King’s dream included more than just racial equality but a vision to end poverty. Poverty affects everyone like the threat of terrorism and is a curable disease yet there has been little success to end it or even curb its destruction. Economists rationalize unemployment and cheap labor as a necessary component of capitalism or an unintended by-product justified by “fair” market competition as the causation of poverty. The truth is, the economic system is what citizens make it. And with or without an economy citizens will still demand basic needs.
And maybe that’s why we, citizens, abide in an economic manner that is not only slowly killing ourselves but is also destroying the environment in which we live. But whether the motivation is personal, racial, religious, or just plain greed at what point does the impoverished majority realize that it doesn’t have to be like this?
And that’s probably what Dr. King envisioned, a land where anything is possible when hate (racism) and greed are discouraged and love and equality are encouraged. A land where racism and poverty would not exist. Not because it is against the law or a stye in the eye but because love and inclusion of fellow brother and sister would not let that happen.
America loves to praise Dr. King but doesn’t want to heed the message. The peaceful, marching orator with a dream is just the watered down commercialized version of an African man that used Love to conquer hate and greed.
Happy 90th Birthday Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.