The Forgotten Dream

As we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., it deeply disturbs me how so many have distorted the legacy and intent of the most influential civil rights leader in modern history. In the face of true injustice and bodily harm, Dr. King never wavered from his convictions as he spoke with a vigor and eloquence that could sway the most obstinate critic. No matter how perilous the situation or egregious the crime, he symbolically and literally embodied non-violence, the struggle for racial equality, by refusing to abandon the belief that people of all creeds and color deserved to be treated in the same light as they were created: as equals in the eyes of God.

Despite the media’s otherwise sensational claims, the same man who endured hatred and death threats on a daily basis never would have embraced the Ferguson or Baltimore riots, he never would have stood idly by as crime, drug abuse, unemployment and broken families ravaged the black community, he never would have invoked slavery or poverty to justify brutality, and he never would have demanded special treatment, for anyone, not already afforded to all Americans. Above all, the son of a former pastor preached accountability born from an acute self-awareness that rejected self-pity or entitlement. Failing to hold everyone to the same standard, especially oneself, meant succeeding in discriminating. Martin Luther King did not want to be seen as a victim, to shout racism at every perceived misfortune or disagreement; he merely wished for every soul the inalienable right to live the life of their choosing, to prosper according to their own unique gifts, without undue scorn or prejudice. Sadly, those voices claiming to be faithful disciples of Dr. King’s profound and indelible teachings – hovering parasites like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson – have exploited tragedy, invented injustice, and incited animosity ad nauseam almost exclusively for personal gain. Their presence has done little to assuage the actual plight of black Americans, the moral and economic erosion of our inner cities, because such a proposition requires principle over press conferences and sacrifice over sentiment. Change does not occur by raising a singular fist to protest a perceived injustice; it resides in the positive impressions made by loving parents, the resourceful faith of fortitude, and those overlooked contributions made by everyday people willing to act without malice or reward.

MLK’s dying wish was not that we continue to be defined by race but that all Americans would demonstrate an insatiable desire to live in harmony, to educate and empower our children, to thrive and contribute to a vibrant society, and most of all, to grow free from the destructive shackles of violence and hate. Progress is not measured by the number of times race is invoked or celebrated. It is personified by the number of lives liberated from its requirement. Before Barack Obama and Eric Holder grabbed the proverbial reigns of social justice, I honestly believed America was on a path to achieving that iconic dream. No, race relations were not perfect, bigotry will always exist in some form or facet of America, but more and more people simply realized that character, not the color of one’s skin, was the greatest measure of our humanity. Now, in the growing shadow of a luminary’s absence and the fading dream of his forsaken wisdom, this nation is as polarized as ever. As long as “We the People” allow bitter politicians and hostile hate groups like BLM or the KKK to dissect the world according to race – encouraging self-segregation, ransoming peace and flaunting color as a commodity – this country is destined to succumb to distrust and discord rather than forever bound by the inherent needs, hopes and dreams that should inevitably unite us all. As a white man whose heroes span the likes of Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan, Morgan Freeman and Thomas Sowell, or better yet as a proud Christian who embraces the handshake of hope over the echo of fear, Rest in Peace, Dr. King….you are not forgotten.
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