Martin Luther King Jr Day

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Posted by Candy | Posted in Holidays | Posted on 18-01-2010

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Happy MLK Day. I wasn’t alive in 1963 when this amazing man gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, but listening to it, you cannot help but feel inspired.

This speech was given 5 years before he was assassinated. I think about it and it’s been 46 years since he gave that speech. Today we have a black man as the President of the United States. Change is slow, there’s no arguing about it, but it does give me hope for the future.

I’m a white woman, so I don’t pretend to understand the struggles. I grew up in the lowcountry of South Carolina where, unfortunately, I still see the racial issues are in full effect. In fact, someone said something totally inappropriate and so very rude when we were there that Tom and I were just appalled. You just don’t make racial slurs to someone you’ve just met. It really hurt my heart to hear that it still goes on.

I guess I live with my head in the sand. I moved to Hawaii when I was 18 and now live in Austin (where there are some issues, but it’s nothing compared to where I grew up). I don’t know why I’m always shocked when I go visit my mom and someone says something I consider offensive. I guess I keep hoping that things have changed.

I guess the point of this post is to ask everyone… before you say something, think. I don’t like it when people make fat jokes (cuz, well, I’m fat). My husband doesn’t like it when people make really nasty comments about smokers (he quit – again – he struggles – although this time I think he’s kicked it long-term). You can offend people, not just because of the color of their skin, but in other ways too. I remember someone asking a Japanese friend of mine where the best Korean restaurant was “because you people know about that stuff”. Oy.

Having said that, I think you can be too sensitive sometimes. It’s okay to ask your best Hispanic friend for her tried and true fajita marinade. It’s also okay when she asks me how the heck to make homemade tortillas. *laughing*

So today, Mr. Martin Luther King Jr, I thank you for your speech, for all you did for the civil rights movement. I think you helped bring about change, not only for the African-American folks, but in general too. Tolerance is one thing, but acceptance… that’s where we should all strive to be.

Disclaimer: I’m sure not all of the lowcountry has racial issues, perhaps I just notice it more or perhaps it’s just the people I know. *laughing*

Comments (3)

I firmly believe that progress can’t be stopped, only temporarily impeded.

Each generation becomes more enlightened and progresses further, and then yields to a new generation that is even more enlightened and makes even greater progress. That isn’t to suggest everyone in a new generation is enlightened in some heavenly revelation, but the number of people refusing to progress (on any given issue) shrinks steadily until they become an extremist element that nobody gives serious credence. It’s inevitable: Progress always wins.

Some months ago, the generation currently in power – the current holders-back of progress – were busy lamenting the apathy of my generation. I offered my thoughts then, and stand behind them: “We’re not apathetic. We’re patient, and we’re waiting for you to die.”

Justin, I was all “awww” until the “waiting to die” comment… then I shot ginger ale out of my nose. Thanks, babe.

Nice visual Candy. Nice quote Justin.

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