Thursday, January 13, 2011
King still KING?
Without a doubt, the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are absolutely still prevalent and relevant in today's society. However, now, his cause in the United States isn't as large and significant of a problem within most current communities. King did also preach about acting against injustice which he believed was a extraordinary moral obligation of those who witness it. Nowadays, if a law is passed and viewed as a transgression against the people's rights, there will definitely be an uproar of grievances, leading to fervent protests by the opposition and by proponents such as the outlawing of guns in certain areas and the refusal to marry homosexual couples. However, in my opinion, King's most relevant teaching is that if a person witnesses injustice, they must act to help to bring justice to those who practice it. I feel that those who observe such an act and do nothing about it are as guilty as those who committed the act which is a slightly altered version of Martin Luther King Jr.'s opinion. Allowing these events to take place, in the long run, condones them and it will be continued to be so until someone makes a move to stop it, like Dr. King and the thousands of others who fought or are fighting for equality on all levels internationally. Injustice will always be present so long as privileges are in place for a certain group and to counter this inequality, people should take the initiative to make sure they don't get away with it. In the words of MLK: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."