MLK Lives On

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Racism is a human problem. It creeps up in our minds, takes hold on our hearts, and spreads like the disease it is—dividing humanity and making us weak. As much as I wish we were at a place where ALL HUMANS are treated equally and with dignity, there’s still much work to be done.

I still hear the slurs on the streets, in music, in the media. Still see the crucial need for social movements like Black Lives Matter. I watch the tense dialogues take place any time a brand dares to move the needle (see the recent backlash around H&M’s photo of an African American kid in a sweater about being “The coolest monkey in the jungle”). I was shocked when I learned about the systemic imprisonment of African Americans in the Netflix Documentary, 13th. I cringed as our President called countries with African populations “Shithole countries.

Our divided humanity rocks me to my core. What could we accomplish if we saw the hearts and minds of our fellow humans, instead of the color of their skin? When will be able respect and celebrate different cultures and toss the fear of different types of humans out the window?

I try to focus on the positive, incite change, and do what I can to promote unity and progress. I work to remain aware of my status and privilege in this world. I look up to the heroes in our history that dared to fight against the current and went all in on equality and my heart swells with pride. This is what matters.

MLK. Ghandi. Oprah.

These are a few iconic names that represent non-violent social change. A few names that give me hope and inspire me to be better, to spread the message, and to create a world where ALL humans matter and are treated equally. Iconic or not, we all play a part in our collective progress.

Bree and I were sitting at breakfast a few days ago and met an awesome woman who offered to take our photo. We had a brief conversation about Only Human and what it stands for and she told us about the diversity within her family—the different races, sexual orientations and identities, etc. She beamed with pride when she told us about how she tries to teach equality to her little kid.

She was an everyday reminder that people like you and me want and need change. We are all human. 

MLK paved the way in such an enormous way back in the 50s and the 60s, but it’s 2018 and I want to know—who is brave enough to push his legacy further?

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