Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On today’s Federal Holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s us remember, admire, and respect the man who did it right. I’ve seen changes made to this meme, such as “He Was Killed Anyway”, and that is just disgraceful in my opinion. No one can speak for Dr. King, but based upon his actions, one can only believe that he would not approve.

It should also be pointed out that blacks in Dr. King’s day were treated horribly. TRULY INNOCENT PEOPLE were subjected to racism and were demeaned on a daily basis, such as being forced to ride at the back of the bus, not being able to drink from the same water fountains as whites, and a plethora of other wrongs. Yet Dr. King, and millions of blacks like him, took it, and peacefully resisted. They over came it, and BEAT IT. Institutional racism in this country no longer exists. Individual racism will always exist in one form or another, but for the past eight years there was a black man as President, which is a strong indication that institutional racism against blacks in this country no longer exists.

Having said that, I am not going to sit here and say that people in 2017 do not, at times, face racism. EVERYONE, at some point in their lives experiences racism. I HAVE EXPERIENCED RACISM on many occasions. But engaging in criminal activities, and getting shot by a police officer, IS NOT the same thing as what blacks experienced in Dr. King’s time and prior. It just isn’t. Frankly, were I black, I’d find it very insulting to even insinuate that it was.

I am not now nor will I ever condone or excuse misconduct and/or criminal behavior by police officers, but each and every single case of a black person being shot by a police officer MUST BE EXAMINED AND HANDLED INDIVIDUALLY ACCORDING TO THE FACTS OF THE CASE. Automatically blaming a police officers IS JUST AS BAD as smugly saying, “He was black, I’m sure he deserved to be shot.”

There are ignorant people on both sides, it is up to the rest of us to be sane, rational, and civil. Like the man we admire, respect, and remember today. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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