RIP Dr. King.

i’m a white man. i was born into the privilege of being white and being male. i don’t know what it’s like to fight for gender equality or racial equality; i was granted the gift — by no will of my own, merely by the accident of my genes — of being spared that particular struggle (though I fight it as a proud ally). i don’t know what it’s like to be a woman or person of color. all i can do, all i can ever do is try to live in the shadow of my hero and inspiration for all I say and do — Dr. Martin Luther King, and *try* my hardest to understand, and to do whatever I can to eradicate the differences between the privilege I was born with as a white man and the difficulties anyone not a white man faces in contemporary America and the world. Gender and ethnicity and sexuality DO NOT MATTER, and Dr. King would agree. 

He was assassinated 17 years and 4 days before I was born; I wish I could have had the chance just to say “Thank you, Dr. King.” On this 45th anniversary of him being taken from us (and from his family and friends, obviously as well), please remember him, watch this:  say a prayer, read “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” but most importantly, dedicate whatever you do to promote tolerance, compassion and with the energy of “the fierce urgency of now” to fight for equality in every sense of the word.

The man is my hero, has long been, the man I can only hope to be a pale (no pun intended there) imitator of. His example inspires me, gives me strength, and will to keep fighting, even (and perhaps especially) when it’s bleak. His intellect and spirit nourish mine, and I think of him each and every day. I only wish I could have met him, shake his hand, look him in the eye and just say “Thank you.”

~ by Benji on April 4, 2013.

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