Mychal Massie: If Martin Luther King Jr Were Alive Today, Would He be Disappointed With the Regression of Black America?

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 10: Martin Luther King Speaking on September 10, 1963 in New York, New York. (Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty images)

Americans, and specifically Americans who are black, celebrated the late Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on Jan. 21, 2018. President Reagan signed legislation making King’s birthday a federal holiday in 1983. It was officially observed three years later. It was observed by all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Dr. King was born in April 1929, into Jim Crow Georgia. There’s a need to detail what the segregated South was like at the time of his birth. I think we should examine the mentality and character of blacks today juxtaposed to the zeitgeist when Dr. King etched his name into history, in his epic battle for equal rights for blacks. In brief, how have blacks progressed since Dr. King’s crowning achievement of seeing them given full civil rights?

If it were possible, today Dr. King would be spinning in his coffin. MLK has been dead for nearly 51 years. He lived long enough to see the equal rights guaranteed all Americans by the Constitution become a reality; fortunately, he died without seeing the regression of blacks to a near sub-species level of behavior.

Dr. King dedicated his life fighting for inclusion and equal rights, but many blacks today proudly, albeit foolishly, demand segregated campus housing, segregated college homecoming events and graduations. How does such idiocy advance the cause King fought to bring about for blacks?

While speaking at a church in St. Louis, in 1961, Dr. King said: “We have to do something about our moral standards. We know there are many things wrong with the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world too. We can’t keep blaming the white man. There are things we must do ourselves.”

Blacks today have made a mockery of “moral standards,” behaving in ways that are counter productive to every quantifiable level of propriety. Based upon athletic ability, black players attend colleges and universities Dr. King could only dream of seeing blacks attend. But many of these athletes are absent the morals he referenced. They engage in rape, gang rape, drugs, violence and irresponsibility, resulting in out-of-wedlock babies that most times grow up fatherless.

Dr. King fought for blacks to enjoy their God-given right to attend any institution they desired and were qualified to attend. Today blacks are dropping out and flunking out of institutions of higher education at an alarming rate.

During Dr. King’s life, black performers took pride in their appearance and public and private image. Today, most black entertainers claim that debauchery, reprobate behavior, drugs, violence and morally opprobrious dress and speech are the culture of the so-called black community.

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SOURCE:, Mychal Massie