A reminder: One quote shared to Facebook on MLK Day isn’t enough especially if his words are twisted to make him out to be some moderate, preaching colorblindness (yes I’m referencing the “color of his skin” quote. It wasn’t a call for slicker racism. Don’t misuse it.)
But, if you want a quote that “surprisingly” isn’t used very much, here’s one:
“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to educate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Where Do We Go From Here (1967)
I encourage everyone to read “Where Do We Go From Here.” You don’t have to read it all on MLK Day. Commit to reading it this year. Commit to Black justice 365 days a year. Commit to understanding – really understanding – what MLK Jr. was advocating for and join the fight.
It’s a helluva lot more meaningful than posting the “I Have a Dream” speech. Because recall, that was the dream. Not the reality. Achieving the dream means work. Work that we (white people) have to do. Remember, racism is not a problem exclusively for BIPOC. Racism is all our problem.
I’m keeping this short. I want you to spend more time listening to marginalized voices today than another white woman with a blog.
How will you honor King and other Black Activists this year (and beyond)?