Let us reflect.
Growing up, Martin Luther King Jr. Day felt like a celebration. Today in 2017, it feels like a reminder. 56 years since Dr. King gave his “I Have A Dream Speech” and we need to be reminded of how to act and treat one another.
My heart is broken knowing that this Friday, January 20, 2017, America we be admitting a man into office that I feel is completely unfit to President.
I fear that this man will put us years behind in social justice and equality; something that America has worked so hard to acquire and maintain.
As a girl with light skin, dark hair, and hazel eyes – I will never know what it is like to be discriminated against for the color of my skin.
I am privileged in that sense and that is something I’ve known my whole life.
As we step into this new journey as nation, I’m asking you to remember your privilege these next four years.
The privilege of having both parents, not being disabled, or even the simple privilege of having a pronounceable name (because yeah, people get discriminated against for that too).
No matter what you think, we can find a little bit of light in all of our lives.
Put yourself in others’ shoes and remember the dream that Dr. King had not just this country but for the world. That no matter where you, who you are, where you’re from, or where you’re going – that you would be treated equally through it all.
“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.”