Young Boy Tells Mom He Appreciates MLK Because Now He Can Play With His Friend

The lifetime effort of Martin Luther King, Jr made a huge difference in attitudes towards race in the United States. And although racism is still a part of life here in the US, there has been even more positive change in social attitudes in the decades after the civil rights movement.

Any way you look at it, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy as a peace activist is a part of history, along with other great men that came before him, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln.

A recent Facebook post shows the durability of what Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for even though he died almost 50 years ago.

Cindy Tow wrote in her social media post that her son told her he had something to tell her, but she was not expecting to hear what he had to say.

“Mom, can I tell you something weird?”
Me: Sure.

“I really can’t wait for Martin Luther King Day.”

Me: That’s not weird, it sounds like you’re really inspired by him.

“Yeah, because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to play with my friend.”

The innocence of her son’s response makes clear that race and racism is a socially constructed category, and can be changed.

As MLK famously said: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.’

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Pixabay, Wikimedia Commons, Facebook/Cindy Towr

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