Reflecting on the Martin Luther King Holiday

Reflecting on the Martin Luther King Holiday
Hardy L. Brown. Photo by Benoit Malphettes

Hardy L. Brown. Photo by Benoit Malphettes

As I watched the many King Day activities on television all over the state and nation and viewed the Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade on ABC many thoughts of where have come from, where we are, and where are we going crossed my mind.

In my opinion we have to develop an ongoing strategy to combat the many challenges that are coming at us from so many directions:

We have those in Congress who seem frozen by the loud voices of obstruction to any thing the Executive Branch proposes just because the president is of a different party or color.

According to Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber of San Diego in California Asians, Latinos, Blacks and members of the LGBT community make up over 50% of the state legislature yet they are ineffective in getting most of their legislation passed.

The African American employees in the California Department of Education just recently filed a class action discrimination complaint because there are only three Blacks in senior positions.

In Hollywood, the entertainment capitol of the world, no African-Americans were nominated this year for the highly coveted Oscar awards. I know we can act because every day we go through making people believe we are satisfied with our status and treatment in America.

In the State of California, according to several articles in the Sacramento Bee the Democratic Party is about to erupt because we have some statewide elected officials who are in the horse trading business or what I call the “old fashioned slave trading” business because they want to support one Black over another Black so it will not seem like racism.

In Flint, Michigan we have children ruined for life because a governor and the federal EPA workers wanted to save money so they let the entire city population drink water contaminated with lead. The children will be ruined for life. And according to documented reports the people in authority covered up the information once they knew what was happening.

In closing I want to share a couple of statements that were made for the King Holiday:

Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement on the 30th Martin Luther King Jr Day:

“As we celebrate the 30th Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we must remember how far we have come, and yet, how far we still have to go. Dr. King’s legacy and vision led to historic change like the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. As Democrats, we celebrate his leadership and courage that brought justice to so many Americans. 

“Yet there is so much more to do. Today, there are still too many young Black men dying on streets across America. Racism and inequality – two things that Dr. King gave his life fighting against – still victimize thousands across our nation. The scourge of poverty and homelessness remain rampant in cities large and small.

“We must come together and continue the work of the great Dr. King to ensure that his dream is fully realized. In his words, “…we cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.” 

A statement by Assembly member Cheryl Brown of the 47th District:

Much progress has been made over the past fifty years toward the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream, but more work remains. I am reminded of what Dr. King told us, “the time is always right to do what is right.” It is right to work together and expand access to educational opportunities that open doors to all. It is right to live a life free from violence of any kind. It is right to make sure we hold polluters accountable to make sure our air and water are clean. It is right to protect our democratic privilege of voting. It is right to stand together for good jobs, fair wages, safe neighborhoods, and quality healthcare. By following Dr. King’s example of compassion and perseverance, we can help make his vision a reality and ensure that all people can achieve the American Dream.

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