Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, may of us are working or attending school. It seems that the federal holiday that is MLK Day is not being observed as it should, the lessons learned from him not discussed, and the reflection on where we are in our quest for an equal society just isn’t happening. Sadly, nothing reflects the lack of success like the reality of life on the many boulevards in America bearing his name.
It is shameful that many of these streets named for him are perfect examples of what Martin Luther King Jr. spent his entire life fighting against. Rampant racial profiling, inequality, injustice, police brutality, de facto segregation, all still quite common and still taking lives of minorities, especially African Americans.
Many people are demonstrably allergic to seeing white privilege, it seems they fear that to acknowledge that we are still oppressing minority groups in this country we will somehow forcibly take away that privilege.
Watch the thought-provoking piece on these streets here:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDtgDrBHUr4&w=640&h=360]
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