Today is a special day because it reminds us what one man of color envisioned for our society: empowered individuals, stronger communities, bridged barriers, effective solutions to social problems and a beloved community, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. This is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
These types of holidays serve as a reminder of the importance of putting racism aside and working together to improve our relationships. Racism is just a concept based on power and hate. It goes all ways; it’s not just white against black. In actuality, power and hate have nothing to do with skin color.
Hatred towards the color of one’s skin is just a tool that was created by powerful people in control of our society. They named this tool racism and implemented it in order to gain an upper hand over those deemed inferior, based on skin color alone. This ideology gained so much traction and popularity throughout history, that it has remained with us till this day.
While racism is not what it once used to be, it probably is just as bad underneath the surface. With the coming of President Trump into power, we’ve actually seen more racism reach the surface, but it existed all along even before he came into power; the president just breathed life into it.
And this is not his fault. We cannot blame one person for racism. Racism was and probably always will be. But this does not mean that we cannot hope and work towards a better future where racism will one day disappear. In actuality, this is exactly what we should be doing.
Continuing to ignore racism will not improve the situation. The way the situation will be improved is by diving within your heart and expunging the hatred and darkness that lie in there. We all have a lot of hatred and darkness and it should be our goal every single day to erase some of it.
Do you have your mind on your heart? If the answer is no, then it’s time to start making a change. This is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)