MLK’s dream reminds us to take risks

Say what you want about Oprah, but she had the most riveting and beautiful special today to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s so easy to forget that not even close to 100 years ago people banned together to achieve the rights we have today. It’s easy to forget because so many people have taken it for granted or completely spit in the face of the meaning behind “Having a dream…”

One thread of commonality between civil rights stories, especially what O’s special highlighted today, was the necessity of taking a risk. It took so much of that small word to create the enormous impact. Whether it was standing up for the injustice of those times by protest or taking that injustice to the higher powers that be, the risk was there. And it is because those passionate people took those risks that I can type this post today. That I can choose to date whatever race I choose — when I actually have a date!

I’m not going to go into dramatics discussing the power of MLK’s dream. All of us by now obviously know such a man is beyond what can be written or said (or goofed up by Hilary Clinton). I’m only really writing this to remind us all, and maybe myself, that sometimes taking risks is the only way to make a difference. Or in fact the only way to leading the life we may all want or feel we deserve.

Risk is a little four-letter word that doesn’t always mean a bad thing, but a push in the right direction.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. But still, these celebrations and fucking candidates fail to do justice to King’s commitment to social justice, the complexity of his political convictions and the profound religious faith that enabled him to put up with racism, as well as being hounded by the FBI. Only when people understand the full scope of King’s vision of equality can they appreciate his true legacy.
    Where are the John F Kennedys ? The Ronald Reagans ? And the Martin Luther Kings?

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  2. Great thoughts!
    Thank you.

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  3. We still have a ways to go, thanks for the reminder. It’s time I took some more risk.

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  4. Posted by nectarfizz on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Amen.

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