Today is MLK Day and millions of Americans are enjoying this national holiday and spending some much needed time with family. Some in the media are demanding that citizens need to reflect on the powerful larger than life figure this day is named after. Martin Luther King Jr was indeed a man ahead of his time during a period in the not so distant past when America was struggling to embrace equality for all souls and free itself from hateful bigotry. There are plenty of resources to inform you of all of Mr. King’s accomplishments, but I want to dig deeper and discuss why a man with plenty of imperfections was the perfect messenger with the perfect dream.
What I’m about to say may be considered heresy by some; but if you want to truly honor Mr. King, then let’s do it in the brightest of lights. After decades of fact checking and research, it has been proven that Mr. King was NOT a perfect person. Between allegations of marital affairs and secretly profiting financially from the Civil Rights Movement; some over the years have demonized him and said that he was NOT the man he claimed to be. So I challenge everyone reading this blog with a simple question.
“Have you ever done ANYTHING in your past that has hurt someone that you regret?”
The fact that Martin Luther King Jr was a human being with flaws is a no-brainer. The issue I have is when people try to equate him with Christ as a man who is supposed to be perfect in all his ways and never make mistakes. This philosophy is unrealistic and not fair to the man that helped changed the course of history in our nation. It was his imperfections that gave him the humbleness to have empathy for others. These flaws made him relatable to people across racial barriers to see the flaws in themselves and be willing to CHANGE.
I will not begin to give excuses for bad behavior for Mr. King in his darkest moments. Those were personal issues that were dealt with between himself and his wife Coretta. Who am I to judge someone who has fallen down when I myself have tumbled down mountains of mistakes? All you can do is STOP the behavior and focus on improving yourself and the lives of others.
Obviously Mr. King did some soul searching before his epic "I Have a Dream" speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. All you see is a man so sick of the wrong in his life and our society that he dared to dream of something better for us all and our children. Only God knows what was going on in his mind as he delivered the speech of a lifetime. People screw up and do things that are hurtful to others. But we can all be reassured that most mistakes of our past are NOT powerful enough to stop us from changing the world. So, let’s stop the garbage and get to work!
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE MLK DAY.
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