Where’s the Dream, Today?

Me at MLK Center (Atlanta, GA)

As I reflect on today, I am bittersweet for a man whose life was stolen and for a social conscious that was birthed from his untimely death. Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than a man of rhetoric and compassion. He was a vehicle of social change and equality. He used his mouth when most used their hands and weapons. He practiced love when most sought hate. He was the Gandhi of his time. The Malcolm X after the storm. The Mother Teresa of humanity. The Barack Obama of today.

Thinking of MLK, Jr. and all he stood for, I can’t help but to ponder on how he would feel if he were alive today. Would he cover his ears as “niggas, bitches, hoes, and drugs” are blasted from the lyrics of the radio? Would he hide his eyes as women pose on Twitter and Facebook in nothing but their underwear or at times “bare it all?” What are we really crying out for because there is no true message this self defamation is sending. Have we failed, MLK, Jr. when people compare our First Lady to apes and gorillas? Is that society’s way of saying we have “evolved?” We blame every Muslim for the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 and we continue to spew forth hatred and blasphemy at anyone who does not ring true to Christianity or have the same religious beliefs as us. As a Christian, I know the way, the truth, and the light and I can only hope to dim, if not overexpose that.  I don’t have to result to injury because someone is DIFFERENT. But when will we as a nation stop oppressing the oppressed and learn to love in spite of differences?

In 2012, race, class, social, religious, etc., issues are still evident, but we have come a long way. Our battle today is political moreso than anything. There’s a power struggle with which party will come out on top and who will sink to the bottom. I acknowledge that we need differences. God wanted it that way because too much of anything is not good. But at some point we need to place, woman/male, black/white/Asian/Hispanic/Indian/Multiracial,etc. Republican/Democrat/Green/Independent, working/retired, old/young and all other divisive factors aside and learn to work for the common/greater good of humanity. That’s what MLK. Jr. fought for. Now, has his dream come true? Partially, it has but we still have a long way to go and I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from him to marinate on:

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ~ Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin & Coretta Scott King's Burial Site (Photo taken by MiMi Atkins)

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patricia Tilton
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 18:57:15

    Mimi, such an thought provoking and inspirational post. I was very moved. You write beautifully and your comments challenging. Made me think. There are many of us walking a path of light through our thoughts, words and actions. I can only hope that we teach a whole generation of children (your daughter) differently. I doubt you read my response to you on my post. There was a PBS video I wanted to share with you, “Faces of America,” with Henry Louis Gates. Dr Gates follows the genology of a number of high-profiled people and shows them they are related, But he takes us much further to DNA studies. Think you’d enjoy it. At the end we learn that our civilization had its beginnings in Africa millions of years ago. Eventually, man began to travel out of Africa to northern Europe, China, Japan etc. The research with many scientists show that we are all related. Which confirms for me our oneness. Our civilization began in Africa. It is a very powerful DVD. I hold only hope for the future. And, it will be the youth who will lead. Your generation.


  2. MiMi Atkins
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 19:04:00

    Hey, Patricia! Thank you and I have seen that video from Gates and I actually watched it with my daughter so she could understand her mixed inheritance. I found it hilarious that Oprah was the only person not “mixed” with Indian, Asian, or Hispanic DNA. It was like wow. She came from some African tribe but I can’t recall. Gates is a major pioneer in the plight of African-Americans and I studied him in college. He is such a scholar.

    I am glad you like the way I write. It’s always been a passion of mine and sometimes I get scared to share for fear of either losing my voice to tone or simply writing to appeal and not to have people “hear” who I am. So thank you!


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