Progress or Procrastination?

Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Many of us posted our quintessential MLK “I Have A Dream” social media post today, but did we take a moment to reflect on the realities of the America we live in?

While great progress and strides have been made in areas of constitutional rights for people of color on paper, racism and prejudice are still alive and well in this country — albeit masquerading as an institution.

Whether you choose to believe it exist or not may have no bearing whatsoever on you, but there’s surely unintended consequences for future generations.

Racism is a disease, a deep rooted cancer, with a crystal clear prognosis — I am better than you, and you are inferior.

It’s deeply rooted within our culture of superiority. It’s a little subtle, but it’s there. One only needs a slight bit of objectivity to perceive it.

I dare not pretend to have the diagnosis.

I dare not deny that I am devoid of the possibility of treating others as if they’re less.

However, until we can all come to terms and accept that many of the so-called “truths” passed down by our culture are nothing more than cleverly disguised lies, PROGRESS will forever be procrastination.

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Vernon Foster II

Life wasn’t meant to be lived behind a computer screen, in a cubicle, or grinding away at a to-do list. Life was meant to be experienced, living in the present moment.

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