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Published:February 19th, 2010 10:10 EST

American Apathy and the Legacy of Racism

By M. Quinn

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   

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Tragically, some forty two years after Dr. King echoed the above proclamation, the matter of racism within American society continues to remain resoundingly ever present.


One could have most certainly surmised, that with the historic election of the first African American Commander and Chief, and the post election jubilance thereof; that America would at least be interested in having a genuine conversation on racism within its borders. However, considering that acts of racism are on the rise in American society, this is apparently not even remotely close to truth.

In reality, as we continue to gallantly celebrate Barack Obama as President; America continues to circumvent any authentic national discourse or comprehensive education on the matter of racism.

According to a recent government analysis, race based crimes and the groups that perpetrate these actions have increased exponentially; while deaths threats against the first black president are up 400% percent.

As many Americans continue their pursuit of material gain by any means necessary, while mentally consuming the numbing affects of so-called reality TV; their stark indifference to significant matters which afflict our nation remains at best, at a disconnect; as they pursue a life grounded in self centeredness and utter apathy.

Dr. King once cited that;

If a man happens to be 36 years of age, and some great truth stands at the door of his life; some opportunity to stand up for that which is right, and that which just, and he refuses to stand up - because he wants to live a little longer, or he is afraid of losing his job, or afraid of any repercussions whatsoever.

He may live until he`s 80 years old; but he would be just as dead at 36, as he would be at eighty, and the sensation of breathing in his life was merely the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. (Close quote)

Regrettably, too many Americans have fallen victim to the spiritual death in which Dr. King spoke about nearly half a century ago, and have completely immersed themselves into the decadence of a status quo way of thinking, where it is better to be cool than conscious, or more attractive to be funny than politically aware.

These individuals have empathically chosen to squander their entire lives without engaging in any social, political or moral cause for the betterment of our nation, or the global community.

In fact, this lackadaisical attitude reaches the highest branches of our governmental system; whereas, those whom have been elected into office under the guise of social and political change, and are the stewards of our judiciary system, feel absolutely no obligation the break the stronghold of complacency within the American system of jurisprudence.

The utter indifference of too many individuals within the United States of America, continues to allow highly important matters to remain unaddressed; while equally allowing the grossly insincere political theater of Washington D.C. to remain firmly in place without ever having to truly answer to the people.

Forty two years after Dr. King courageously sacrificed his life for the moral consciousness of a nation; we must truly ask ourselves how far have we really come in regards to authentically addressing the matter of racism within American society.

M. QUINN is a freelance journalist born in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Author of the books; Removing the Veil ", and RECOMPENSE A Matter of Human Rights ".

He is also the Founder of the Campaign to Remove the Veil"; which
advocates incorporating a comprehensive study of racism into the academic system of American society, and making it a prerequisite for graduation. He specializes in social, political, and historical analysis and commentary.

Yolanda King Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. chats with Judyth Piazza - She is the first-born daughter of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King,





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