As I reflect on this day celebrated by many, I think back to events of the past that led to major events in U.S. history (Emancipation Proclamation, Civil Rights Movements, to name a few), and I am grateful for the many people that sacrificed the norm of the times to provide a better future for the younger generations. Martin Luther King Jr. was one shining light during the 1960’s that helped get the ball rolling for racial equality. That said, we are still a long ways away from achieving true racial equality. What I feel holds us back as a nation is when we allow certain racial slurs, words, and phrases to continue to be said in today’s society that are/should be frowned upon (I won’t name any since they’re not in my typical vocabulary but I’m sure you can think of them). If they’re racially degrading and lead to division, why are they still in use today? If we, as a nation, want to move ahead from the touchy subject of racism, maybe we all should make an effort to eradicate harsh racial language from our vocabulary and encourage those around us to do the same.
A possible solution?