Even some fifty years after MLK’s Dream was heard across the nation, the racial dynamics of a country as complex as America are still muddled. Confusion abounds on all levels & in a nation most divided, MLK’s Dream lies in limbo, just as it has before…Many people of color, whichever color that may be, are uncertain what qualifies as progress in the race arena & what constitutes racial barriers being broken. Race is not nearly as clear-cut as the glass-ceiling theory for women which plagued our nation for years, but was no less important.
To some members of the older generation serious progress has been made—walls have been scaled, canyons leapt, & bridges built between segregation & modern-times—yet, our communities of color (to whom this man is said to have meant so much) continue to be riddled with poverty, crime, and moral deterioration.
I’m hopeful that progress, true & meaningful, is on the horizon.
In a recent development, the Pew Research Center compiled data that revealed the majority of blacks now feel their own social & financial progress is their personal responsibility. In 2009, 52% of the black population does NOT contribute racial prejudice as the factor in the under-achievement of our inner-city communities. A far cry from the past few decades during which the black population expressed that their only hindrance was racial prejudice.
And while many people mark the election of President Obama as the greatest step forward since the Emancipation Proclamation, it’s difficult to disregard the stark contrast in values between the men. We shouldn’t pretend to know for which side of the aisle MLK would currently cast his vote, but his value system & faith in our Creator never faltered & shouldn’t be forgotten. Nowhere could that be more true than his stance on abortion, or as he referred to it, “a racist, genocidal act…”
While President Obama has openly stated that he doesn’t support abortion as a form of birth control, his actions & legislation leave questions in even the most forgiving minds.
A few short days after his inauguration in 2009, the President was invited to address the March for Life crowds, which his predecessors had done for years. He declined, merely issuing a statement on the Roe v. Wade decision, “…We are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health & reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters.”
“… [N]ot intrude on our most private family matters” is an interesting phrase based on the legislation he has supported…Not to mention an interesting choice of words when he has notoriously compared himself to great men like Abraham Lincoln & MLK.
MLK was a voice for America & every value we hold dear. His words are etched in the stone of America & the hearts of every human being, regardless of skin color. His influence over many lives, both at home & abroad, is profound to say the least. But most importantly, MLK was a voice of the people. He overcame persecution & abuse; he overcame hatred & bigotry…He spoke loudly & was unafraid in his quest for equality within the borders of the land he loved. But like many federal holidays, the true meaning of his words & message now fall on deaf ears.
So again, on January 22nd the masses of pro-life citizens will arrive in Washington to stand united & strong in the March for Life, just as they have done every year since 1974. Many will be mindful & strong against the abhorrent “healthcare” legislation that devalues one’s choice not to fund the murder of innocent children that’s been proposed during the administration of what supposedly represents the Dream’s fruition.
Deuteronomy could never be more poignant—“I have set before you life & death, blessings & curses. Now choose life, so that you & your children may live.”
It will be interesting to see what President Obama chooses to say this year, if he says anything at all.
Will you, Mr. President, truly be a voice of the people or do Congress & poll numbers take precedence? What will your indelible mark on American history become?
MLK’s day of remembrance signifies many things for many people; but, it can never be denied that it is a day during which we must renew our promise & commitment to everything that he believed in…everything that is America—the value of Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness.