Apr. 2, 2020

America’s Burning House Of Racism

In 1963 on the Mall in Washington DC on a sweltering hot August afternoon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had hope that America was ready for a truly bi-racial antiracist society. He hope that the pending bills for civil rights and voting rights would bring a change in the attitudes of white Americans related to its black citizens. He spoke of his dream, that speech echoed hope and became his trumpet call for a new America. However, 4 1/2 years later the dream he had on the Mall in 1963 had turned into a nightmare. For the racism he thought ended at the borders of the Mason Dixon line was just as pervasive in the northern, eastern and western states of America. He told Harry Belafonte and Andrew Young that in 1968. He also hadn’t given up hope because he added the solution was that those who sought change become firefighters. Dr. King never got that chance to become a firefighter for a couple of weeks later he was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee. America, well it is still that kinder box of racist flames 52 years later. On April 2, 1968, Dr. King had 2 more days to live and America’s flames of unrest would ignite with his death.