Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Father of the Civil Rights Movement
Today is the observation of Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr. birthday. Father of the Civil Rights movement. One of the greatest fathers that has ever lived. A man of good moral character and of good integrity. A great man. A great day. An American man of African descent. A man with a dream. A dream that he articulated and convinced his people to believe. To believe that we should be treated as equals. That we should be provided the same opportunity as our peers. The same resources. The same education. He guided us and led us on that path. A beautiful story. He was our father and as a people we followed. He raised the self esteem of his people. Then he was taken away. Then begins the the effects of what happens when a father is removed and taken from the home.The bible says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” But our father was taken away. But he hadn’t finished his teachings. He did not teach us how to be him. His lessons of self respect, and self worth wore off. We didn’t receive the lessons of how to navigate through these new freedoms. The lessons of how to handle the responsibilities that come along with freedom. But that was just the start!! His assassination was only the beginning. It gave the enemy insight. They realized that it was best to keep their enemies close. We were allowed to walk into this integration without the guidance of the father that led us there. The attack was now started. Destroy them from the inside. Assassinate the head of the movement, now lets assassinate the head of the families. They’re poor, so let’s give the women welfare and social programs. Let’s give the men drugs. Let’s emasculate the men and empower the women. Let’s make them hate each other. Let’s make them hate their children. It’s amazing how easily a household without a father is influenced. How easily it can be lost.
21 percent of black men do not have high school diplomas, 17 percent do not have jobs and 8 percent are incarcerated. That only leaves 54 percent of black men with a decent status in life. That’s half.
72% of African-american children are born out of wedlock in the U.S. 81% of those children are being raised by women. Let’s face it, the African-american family is under attack. We no longer see ourselves as a people but as individuals. Along with integration came the problems of the culture that we’ve yearned to have accept us. They gave us the weapons to destroy ourselves and the target was the family. They made us distrust one another. We started using the weapons they gave us to attack one another. We became the enemy’s assassins. If you sell drugs to your people, you are an assassin for the enemy. If you don’t take care of your children, you are an assassin for the enemy. If you are a rapper preaching negativity, you are an assassin for the enemy. If you attempt to control a man with his children, you are an assassin for the enemy. I awoke this morning and I asked myself, “If Dr. King was alive, would he be proud of what he sees?. Would he be proud of me? Would he be proud of our men that call themselves the N word and drive around in cars they can’t afford before they build a family and home? Would he be proud of our women that call themselves the B word and only goals they have in life are having babies and finding easy ways to get money? I think we all should be asking ourselves today, “Would Dr. King be proud me? Am I hurting my people? My culture? Am I a good role model for my children? Am I being used as a weapon against the women of my culture? Am I being used as a weapon against the men of my culture? Am I worthy of respect? Did I allow Dr. King to die in vain? Just food for thought.
Happy Birthday Dr. King!!!