Martin Luther King jr didn’t like government, he carried guns, he didn’t care about a “black” president, he cared about a “just” president, he didn’t want just freedom for himself and his followers, he wanted freedom for every man, woman and child. But your school teachers and news casters will never tell you any of that.
I don’t really believe in “heroes” but MLK is one of the only modern figures who is deserving of such a title. The man stood up to every oppressive force with courage and an open heart; everyone from government & institutions to racists and ignorant small-minded idiots. It’s rare to find someone that’s so dedicated that they’re willing to fight and die for their own cause but MLK was about more than just his own cause, he was ready to die for the freedom of everyone. That’s selfless and that’s rare.
Most “activists” today are simply fighting for a better life for themselves. King saw beyond himself, he saw that neither he or his followers could be free unless everyone was free and for this the man was a visionary and a hero. That’s the thing about freedom, it’s not divisible. Either everyone is free to choose or no one is free to choose, there aren’t layers to the onion, you can’t restrict some and grant special privileges to others. Many say that if MLK was around today, he’d be proud of the progress we’ve made. Why, what’s changed? He didn’t believe in skin tone, he believed in character. To him, it wasn’t about a “black” man becoming president, it was about every man being free from the title of “black” or “white” and most of all being free form oppression.
But today, we have more oppression of humanity then ever before. If anything, more human rights are violated today then during the civil rights era. Governments spy on your every move, listen in on your every word, they lock people away in cages for vices as petty as smoking a naturally growing plant or missing a traffic sign. These people which harm no one are victimized simply because others have power over them. And these people with power routinely kill people both abroad and here at home for simply “not listening to orders”. This is freedom? You think MLK would have been proud of this? If so, you’ve misunderstood everything the man fought and died for.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fun fact I learned this weekend; MLK’s birth name was Michael King, Jr.
Both he and his father Martin Luther King, Sr. (who was also born Michael King) changed their first names to Martin Luther to honor Martin Luther, the admired German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation.