This past weekend many of us celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with planned programs, marches, and other festivities to commemorate and immortalize King's accomplishments.
Dr. King's vision speaks of racial equality, unity, global peace, and love for one another. As we reflect on this vision we must use it as a platform to eradicate the prejudices, injustices, and crimes that exist in the black communities. As African Americans we must recognize that by our own hands we are destroying the vision that Dr. King and so many others sacrificed their lives for.
We now see that black on black crime is an ever increasing issue. We are losing our young men and women to drugs, violence, gangs, and prostitution. Therefore, the blame can no longer be placed on the "white man". The decision is ours. Each of us has a choice. We may choose to allow our circumstances to determine our future or we may choose to live out our dreams.