The Daily Prompt is “Marathon”. I find this appropriate for MLK Day because the struggle for equality is a marathon much like the long run that took place in ancient Greece a long time ago.
MLK taught us to see the injustices in our society and to work to overcome those problems. I never recall from my research that he said that it would be easy or quick. Instead, what we face is a long term “marathon” that seems to get longer and longer rather than shorter and shorter. This does NOT lessen or diminish the importance of what Dr. King told us. I believe that he was well aware of the long road ahead.
When President Obama was elected there were many who wanted to proclaim that “we have arrived” and that the long marathon was finally over. Nothing could be further from the truth. The election of President Obama was a milestone, but only one of many that we have to pass on the long marathon journey. It was disconcerting to see so many people simply want to stop and proclaim victory when victory is still a long way ahead of us. It speaks to the element of humanity that seeks to preserve every form of economic and social injustice in the name of “privilege” and “tradition”, those are the people who we still have to struggle against.
Dr. King showed us the path that we have to follow. We still have a long marathon in front of us.