It's Martin Luther King Jr. day and every year I am always conflicted about writing a blog post. I don't know how to describe my upset and disappointment. Racially, 2015 was an unmatched year. If black people weren't being killed by police or each other, we were being made fun of with black face, questions about our hair were taken as jokes and as a community we were taken for fools. Our valiant efforts in art were mocked as we were snubbed for prestigious awards. People outside of the race were using the N word as freely as the slave masters did back in the 1800's.
Martin Luther King Jr. did more than just protest for peace. He protested for the togetherness and activeness of the black community through service. We find ourselves hating everyone else for not assisting us when we don't even assist our damn selves. Since I was 20, MLK day was a day for me to listen to his speeches and reflect on the state of our people. Today, for the first time I decided that simply listening to him was not enough. I decided to walk in his shadow and do community service. As a woman who is still trying to navigate through life, the phrase "Be the change you seek" is becoming more salient by the day.
This post a testament, a promise to become more active in my community. Yes, I can always speak down on the generation behind me, what they lack, why they can't read properly or convey intellectual thoughts, or that they're consumed with consumerism and capitalism or I can stop talking shit and actually do something. Hopefully this post is a wake up call to my peers to walk in Dr. King's shadow. Donate your time, your money, your energy. Join your community board. Volunteer at your local elementary school. Do something to contribute to our neighborhood instead of hiding behind your keyboard and complaining.