Civil Disobedience

I am sitting in a restaurant.

This is from a journal I wrote In my creative writing class back in January. We were told to keep a journal and to write in it everyday. This was my first entry.

"Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This whole day, set out for one of the most inspirational people of all time. This day, signifies so much more than just a man. It signifies so much more than just what that man did. This day, represents a legacy, a powerful fight, a living legend, and a future of equality promised.

I am sitting in a restaurant. It's such a blessing to know that the Afro-American community does not have to enter through the back door and eat with the cooks anymore. My grandpa used to tell me stories of how he remembers such hatred. A black family was eating when we walked in and another one just sat down. I am just a typical white kid, but I can relate to how it must feel being left out or excommunicated as these people once were. Maybe it was not because of my race that I felt that way, but I can still understand that horrible feeling.

It's so amazing how civil disobedience can make such a difference, such as what M.L.K. did. The Black Panthers, who used only violent strategies, never would have made the impact on racism that M.L.K. and Rosa Parks ever did! Its seems peaceful movements usually make the most change. Gandhi was one of the most peaceful men of his age and his protests and nonviolent acts made the biggest impact and fight on what he believed in than someone malicious like Saddam Hussein ever could have accomplished. Chaos only comes from destruction. Change comes from rebellion. Love only comes from peace. You cannot get love out of violence. It is virtually impossible! You cannot fight fire with fire in hopes of getting a different result. You need purity. You need peace. You need water to put out that fire.

Thank you Martin Luther King Jr. for that water. America is graced by your impact."

This journal was later put into the January issue of my school's newspaper. It was the first time I ever had a feature put on my literature rather than my art or comics in a printed publication.


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