Martin Luther King, Jr. day is an excellent day on which to reflect about matters of race, equality and ethics. Many of the goals that Dr. King set out to accomplish were achieved. Our world is now a better place thanks to his efforts and the efforts he inspired in others. Though he was murdered, his dream survived in the hearts and minds of others and the struggle for goodness and justice continues to this day.
America has come far since that terrible day when an assassin’s bullet took his life. One of the strongest testaments to this fact is that a black American is a serious contender for the Presidency of the United States. One of the strongest testaments to the fact that we still have far to go is the fact that his being black matters so much. Race is still, obviously, very much an issue these days.
While the past year was spiked with racist incidents, the signs of progress are still there. We have marched forward since the 1960s. The promised land is still out of sight, but each step takes us closer to it. Though I will never see it, I still believe and hope that there will be a day when the dream is a reality. I have faith in us and our capacity for goodness.