Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and this is an understatement, made a huge impact on the civil rights movement. Today is a holiday in honor of Dr. King because of what he did for civil rights. If I lived during the 50's and 60's, I could harass and even assault a black person for being at the same diner as me, and I probably wouldn't get in trouble. In fact, I could probably grab some other white people to help with the harassment. The thought that black folks weren't considered humans is so sad and tragic.

Athletes kneeling for the National Anthem is a very polarizing topic, and you may think it doesn't belong here on this blog. I'm going to talk about it, and if that means you don't read my blog anymore, then OK.

Athletes kneeling for the National Anthem is/was a non-violent way to protest the injustice that black people are facing in America. Dr. King promoted non-violent ways to protest. Athletes kneeling got people's attention, and no one was killed by this kneeling. You might say that Soldiers died fighting for us, and we're all in a great debt to our Soldiers. Soldiers who defend this country are heroes. I don't see kneeling during the National Anthem as a knock on our soldiers and veterans. Black folks deserve to be treated equally compared to white folks.

It's hard to know what I can do in my every day life to help decrease racism and injustice. Voting is one way. Doing research on numbers and statistics to know more information on inequality is another. I don't believe shaming and belittling white people is effective, as some people do. Acknowledging that I have built-in prejudices towards people different than me, and not pretending that I don't, can also help.

This topic was a lot different from what I normally blog about, but it's important. Thanks for reading.



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