Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: MLK, Jr. Day 2012

It’s Doctor King’s holiday in the U.S., and one of the few national opportunities we have to publicly recognize and reflect upon the contributions of a Person of Color. For today’s LTP, we’re taking a turn for the serious so put on your thinking caps and sharpen your #2 pencils. 

In which widespread and subtle ways have the words and actions of Doctor King molded the current American culture? Which of his words and actions have influenced the most people, and which of his words and actions do we still need to learn from?

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

4 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: MLK, Jr. Day 2012”

We talked about Dr. King in my class on human trafficking today.  I thought the students would kind of zone out, but they were really engaged.  Because human trafficking is the topic of my current class, it’s what I think about all the time, but the main quote that stuck out for me was “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” It’s not just about segregation and discrimination (although that is obviously important) – it’s about all humans being treated with dignity, respect, and equality.

As far as his legacy – I think it’s everywhere.  The idea that masses of people can peacefully change the  world – I want to live in the world that Dr. King dreams about.  Some days, I feel like I do, because of his work.  Some days, I feel like we can, if we all work at it.

I think we still need to realize that injustice and inequality isn’t the problem of one particular group: it belongs to us all, and we have to keep fighting until everyone can join hands as equals.

Yeah, I know, easier said than done. If my own backyard’s in order it’s hard to care about someone else’s. But it needs to be done.

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