Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. day, and all day people from all walks of life quoted him, celebrated his legacy and spoke of his deeds. But today is not MLK day, it is not a special day and that is more dangerous. Growing up I had a pastor who used to say, “The most dangerous place is a church parking lot.”
The message behind that being that while you’re in church surrounded by believers and the spirit and the word it is easy to be a Christian, but once you’re out of the building in the parking lot real life comes back. You have to reconcile being a christian with living your daily life and often faith falls behind until next sunday.
I think it’s the same with days like MLK day. We save up all our social justice, our condemnation of racism, for just one day. Then that day ends and we go right back to being silent observes of the struggles going on around us. (I say we in a general sense)
So, on this Tuesday, the day after MLK day and on every other day that is also not MLK day I challenge you to be a force for good. A force for change. I’m white, my family is white, I have no concept of the struggles that Black or Hispanic or Asian or so many other Americans go through on a daily basis. But I believe that the first step to a solution is acknowledging that there is a problem, and I acknowledge that. I’m unsure with how to solve this problem, but by working together as a community, as a nation we can find the solution. Social change takes time, and one generation at a time we will improve.
I have faith that with continued effort we can keep alleviating the stench of slavery and its lingering ramifications from our country. That someday children will not understand what racism is, that someday it will actually be gone and everyone will have realized that we are all the same. I will always do my best to help our society move toward this goal, and raise my son so that he too will keep society moving in the right direction.
“With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream”