[OPINION] After reading Dr. King’s letter from the Birmingham jail, I began to think about current day events. We have been conditioned to believe that the threat to our quest for equality is our inability to stop killing one another. While crime committed within the community should be addressed and taken very seriously; there is something that exists that is a greater threat. His letter speaks directly to that threat,
” I started thinking about the fact that I stand in the middle of two opposing forces in the Negro Community. Once is a force of complacency made up of Negroes who, as a result of long years of oppression, have been so completely drained of self-respect and a sense of “somebodyness” that they have adjusted to segregation, and on the other hand, of a few Negros in the middle class who, because of a degree of academic and economic security and because at points they profit by segregation, have unconsciously become insensitive to the problems of the masses”.
Complacency was a threat then and remains to this day. People often times aren’t moved until trouble appears at their door. Even though we may reach new heights and achievements in life, I’m reminded to not let that success become blinding. I only hope that our leaders can develop this same type of mentality. They don’t kill leaders any more. They just give them money and a platform. Their message gets neutralized, and the zeal is lost. Thank you Dr. King for your sacrifice. I hope one day we can really make you proud! If you have not read his letter from the Birmingham jail, please take a moment to read it, your appreciation of Dr. King will become even greater. Take care.
Janet Michelle, xoxo