Although February has come and gone for 2012, it is sure to be back, so I would like to reiterate a point brought up in the opinion section back in February regarding the topic of Black History Month.
The recent letter to the editor in The Madison County Journal, titled “Should it be ‘Black History Month’ or is it ‘American History?’” brought up a valid point regarding the direction and current state of our country. We are quick to celebrate the accomplishments of major Civil Rights proponents such as Martin Luther King Jr., but would he truly be happy with the state of our country today?
The legendary icon stated in his infamous “I Have a Dream Speech” that “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Although Americans as a whole force themselves to believe this is true, are African Americans and other races in today’s society truly free of discrimination? I have a hard time convincing myself of this.
In an era of immorality and discrimination, our country is still struggling with the issue of racism and discrimination, even though the Civil Rights era ended over 40 years ago. Many people are scared to admit this horrid truth of the fact, even though it still exists, most predominantly in the South. I think that we need to go back and consider the actions and events that occurred during the Civil Rights era, along with the precious advice given by Martin Luther King Jr. King who said “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
In conclusion I would like to say that 2012 is not the end, but only the beginning, and we should do everything in our power to ensure that equality is indeed granted to everyone.