My teen years were during the 60s and the early 70s. I remember the words of Martin Luther King during some of our nations most darkest periods. Yes Dr. King spoke about issues of the day, particularly human rights and racial tension/war. He spoke of prejudice , discrimination, the riots that came with it, the vandalism, the real lynchings, the church burnings, the no blacks or whites only signs, even the white sheets, the Black Panthers (I saw a march in Chicago down Main Street. by the Panthers, I was there for that one myself in 1969, however Dr. King was already gone before that one), the college sit-ins, the police station sit-ins, Biloxi and just about any city in Mississippi.
Young people today haven’t experienced anything today, except assaulting those on the other side that have a difference of opinion, that they don’t even try to understand; compared to what we witnessed. Hell, I haven’t even mentioned the war I watched on TV every night for over for what seemed like an eternity (Vietnam). Our news coverage didn’t mention car jacking or shootings; it was all about Vietnam. I remember military jets flying over my grade school every 30 minutes just above the tree tops, for their bombing practice. I remember the bombing drills we practiced in class, ducking under our desk. I was in grade school, but this war carried on until I was in college. I had a draft number (84), but I was fortunate enough that I had already enrolled in college before my 18th birthday, I was given a student deferment (the last one given in America by the way). Those that were fortunate enough to survive Vietnam, advised me to take the deferment. There is a long story there but for another day.
I’ve gotten off track a lot here, Dr. King, yes he spoke about the issues of the day, racism, and got political of course. But what Dr. King NEVER left out was THE WORD OF GOD. Dr. King would preach and teach. I did not always agree with his politics, but his faith was evident. I never hear Rev. Al Sharpton speak the word of God. Maybe he does when he hops in a black church in a place such as Ferguson, Missouri when he can spread his racial divide. Al Sharpton is an enabler. Dr. King wanted peace.
Young people today think that voicing their political will, is punching out someone that has a different opinion; with a camera in your face. Even with social media, they don’t understand the issues of the day. We never fought those with different opinions we usually fought the government that didn’t inform us with the truth. We also knew our sexual gender.