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Was it in vain?

August 18, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

This week marks the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s march on Washington. I wonder what he would think of society today.

What would he think of the rap songs that rudely refer to women as "b------" and freely spew the "N" word in their lyrics?

What would he think of parents who take their children to rapper concerts where there are drugs, alcohol and sex out in the open? And what about the establishment who allows these children to be admitted? It's all about the money.

What would he think of the prejudice today? Now it's not just black against white or white against black. Now it's against gays, Asians, Latinos, the poor, the Christian, the elderly, the disabled, and lately there has been a rise in racial slurs against athletes.

What would he think about the dropout rate among our high schoolers?

What would he think of the violence? Teen friends, one killing the other, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or both.

What would he think of the young people who ditch school, college and a career and instead opt for a life selling drugs, settling issues with guns and violence? Martin Luther King Jr. wanted a non-violent approach to change and to civil rights.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a "Dream." What are you doing to keep his "Dream" alive? Are you teaching your children and your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, his "Dream," or are you surrounding them with drugs, alcohol, guns, racial slurs, name calling, bullying, negative thinking, gang life, and prejudice? Why don't we all resurrect his "Dream" and strive to live in peace? Encourage our children to dream of college, careers and success, and not just for the children but also for the adults.

It appears that everyone has forgotten Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Dream."

Did he speak in vain?

Did he and those who supported him march in vain?

Did he die in vain?

Jody Trupiano


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