Today I hope that many of us reflect on Martin Luther King and the movement he began. As we remember the legacy of a man whose name defines civil rights and non-violence.
As a nation, in the post-Obama era, the anger and hatred that has erupted in the Trump era are astounding, unfortunate and not surprising. After all, we are a nation built on racism, prejudice, and mistrust.
Over many decades we have incarcerated young black men for crimes that young white men would not ever find themselves in jail for such as cannabis. As a nation, we have stood by and watched their families torn apart not only from the jail system but from the banks who have made it twice as hard to get a mortgage and then screwed them with unattainable goals of paying it back. Shame on us. There are many other ways as a nation we have used power and money to keep black and brown people from succeeding.
The tides are shifting as more African Americans rise into power be it politics or business. Why people hate, why people are prejudice and why people are angry at people who don’t look like them is something I will never understand.
I do hope that in the post-Trump era, that we can move past the hatred. Would MLK look at the world today and believe we have come so far? Perhaps in some ways but certainly there is a long way to go.