[January 18, 2021] For his nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. has rightfully taken his place in the struggle for peace and acceptance of all people – regardless of race. His legacy is sound but under attack from leftist activists who reject King’s philosophy.
Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. After many years of campaigning by civil rights activists, Congress members, and the public, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday in honor of King. His actions in the Civil Rights Movement were based upon his Christian beliefs that people should be judged by their actions and not their skin color.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
King’s sentence sounds clear and unequivocal, but a debate over its meaning, especially in the last few years, has spurred a growing anti-American ideology. This ideology is the Marxist-like idea that America is an irredeemable racist, homophobic, sexist country.
King was a man with a vision. His Christian principles helped propel his message throughout America and the world. Here is my list of what were King’s core beliefs:
- God’s law and love conquer all.
- Intolerance for racial injustice.
- Civil change comes from practical, nonviolent action.
- All society members have a moral obligation to rise above the limitations of human-made laws steeped in hatred.
By the time the Civil Rights Era was over, the U.S. had a monumental shift in the idea that people should be treated on their character’s content, rather than on their skin color. This principle, often called a color-blind view of race, is changing.
Called “progressivism,” there is a clarion call for race-based laws that establish preferential treatment of citizens based on race.
Those who believe this idea of racial preference discard Rev. King’s teachings by re-interpreting his beliefs to support their ideology. Progressives operating under different names like Antifa and Black Lives Matter use violent means to “protest” (read that as rioting, looting, burning, and murder) against what they call “systemic racial injustice.” Their followers adopt positions without any understanding of Rev. King or the Civil Rights Movement.
Progressive ideology is dangerous. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is being destroyed by those who say they are fighting against racial injustice.