If Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today…

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Poetry by Natasha Ramsey, Pushing my buttons!

I had a holiday from work this week because the third Monday in January is a federal holiday marking the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As I sat around thinking of the meaning of the day, I started wondering what the world would be like if Dr. King were alive.
While I assume everyone has heard of, or knows something about this leader, I will highlight what I believe was one of his greatest accomplishments, which was to lead a civil rights movement steeped in nonviolent activism.

Although Dr. King began fighting primarily against civil rights, he protested against other injustices as he encountered them. This included the Vietnam war and poverty which at that time, affected many races of american citizens. I highlight this because some people forget that this civil rights leader and Nobel prize winner fought against discrimination and oppression wherever he found it, not just because it affected people who looked like him, or shared his opinions. Today, it seems that so many are focused on one fight or focused only on one cause, they forget that the occurrence of injustice and oppression anywhere, threatens oppression and creates unjust rules and practices everywhere.

Based on what I’ve read by historians as well as friends and family of Dr. King, I dare say that if Dr. King were alive today, he would oppose the war against Iraq, not because the citizens of Iraq do not require assistance, but because he was against using violence to accomplish peace and change. This means he would also be against furthering nuclear bomb and long range missile development and would not feel comfortable with North Korea’s ability to continue building and testing their nuclear weapons. I also thinkg he would understand the frustrations of the Wall Street protesters and who knows, maybe even help them to become more organized to make the nation pay attention. I believe he would support gay rights (yes, I can hear the collective gasps as some read this statement with regard to religious beliefs and Dr. King). The reason I believe he would support gay rights is because I think he would understand that no person should be denied the right to love another person because of his/her gender. Lastly, I say with confidence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have had a real chance of becoming the first black president of the United States of America.

RIP Dr. King.

  1. Pam Reaves says:

    Thought-provoking blog that challenges all of us to think about intolerance and the consequences thereof. In any form it is damaging. Great blog Natasha.

  2. If Dr. King was still alive, he would be disappointed in our black youth.

    • Hi Brittany, thanks for reading! I can only hope that the black youth who are doing wonderful things and being positive, continue to do so, and in turn, who knows…maybe they’ll have a positive impact on the others who aren’t doing so well.

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