Sunday, January 18, 2009

MLK for President

Ever since I first learned about Martin Luther King Jr., I was mesmerized about his persona. How I would have loved to hear him speak in person. His passion, charisma, strong dedication to the cause are all exemplary characteristics of a leader. He was the fish that swam against the current, fighting with fierce peace for what he believed in, paying for it with his life. Living in one of the most diverse cities in the US, and teaching students from all over the world, it is hard to imagine what life was like in a deeply segregated world. Segregated water fountains, bathrooms and restaurants sound surreal. Forty years later, I wonder who he would have voted for if he was still alive. The answer might not be as obvious.

A lot has been said in comparison of King Jr. to Barack Obama, but there is one fundamental difference between them. Obama believes in basic human rights for all living, MLK believed in basic human rights for all, including the unborn.

If MLK was alive today, he would have been my choice for the president.

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