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.

Comments (Archived):

  1. pointsnfigures

    I think MLK would have applauded the things Trump has done with regard to jail time and Blacks. Also all time low unemployment

  2. JLM

    .MLK would have likely voted for Donald J Trump. Let that marinate for a second.His daughter said as much today. She stated that the reasons she thought that was because of his emphasis on individual achievement within a system. He embraced equal opportunity while recognizing free will would create unequal outcomes.MLK wanted a society in which men and women were judged on the strength of their character, not the color of their skin.While I get it that it is fashionable to label Pres Trump a racist, the truth of the matter is that Sen Joe Biden was the driving force behind the inequality of the 1995 Crime bill.Who drove the recent First Step Act that repealed much of the 1995 Crime Act? That would be President Donald J Trump who assigned his son-in-law, Jared the Kush, to oversee it.The First Step Act was a bill that was praised by Senators Booker and Harris and was passed with bi-partisan support.Pres Trump — based on actual data, actual impact on lives — has been the best thing that has happened to black America.He got 8% of the black vote in 2016 and is currently polling 34% support in the black community. You may want to hate on him, but the black community writ large gets it.Don’t be surprised if DJT sweeps the black vote in 2020.Keep on hating, but know the facts do not agree with you.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

    1. jlix

      “Jared the Kush”?? seriously ?

  3. Tom Labus

    MLK would have been repulsed by FatBoy!