2014-01-24 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

Was It Worth It?
By Ilyassha Shivers

I know you all enjoyed your day off on Monday, the holiday honoring the life of the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Since I was a child I could not understand how a man who lived by the philosophy of non-violence could die so violently. And I always wondered about the speech he made where he says that he has been to the mountain top and seen the Promised Land.

What and where is he referring to? Certainly not present day America. I wonder what Dr. King would say if he were alive today. Secondly what happened to his dream? We live in a country that speaks of being post racial, how can that be when you fill out any application for employment one of the first questions asked is What are you? We are a race of humans, yes we come in many different shades, but at the end of the day we all bleed red.

So back to this dream concept. More than 50 years after the March on Washington and here we are, still struggling with racism and economic disparity between the haves and the have-nots. So I ask again, was Dr. King’s mission worth dying for? If you ask me I can take either side of the fence.

On one hand, there are those who feel he was born for that purpose. Some argue that nothing is that important enough for you to sacrifice your life.

I really don’t have the answer. What I do know is that in a short amount of time he was able to do more than some of us do in a lifetime.

Tell me what you think. Is there anything so important that it’s worth dying for? Send me your comments and thoughts to shiverswave@gmail.com thank you for your support and don’t forget to read The Wave.

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