Martin Luther Kings (MLK) Speech “I have a Dream” speech still has such great resonance for me. I want to see the injustices that are prevalent in society today across the world dealt with in a equitable manner. The words Negroes and Poor can easily be swapped over in many places in the I have a dream speech. If you think of America in the context of the speech as the world at large and the plight of the poor around the world as the plight of African Americans, as they fought for their civil rights.
The fight for the poor now is the fight for human rights and an end to tyrannical rulers who dominate still over a half of the worlds total of 7 billion people to the advantage of a ruling class of people who are uncaring of the plight of others. They have to be given the right to vote and elect their own representatives that will fight for them on the world stage or on a national stage. This is denied to billions of our fellow dwellers on this planet.
The injustices levied against the poorest people of the world, is not racial one any more as it was in the Civil rights movement in America. It is no longer the struggle of Negroes in the US but the struggle of the poorest people in the world and it is an economic one now. So there is no racial overtone to play with and make others feel the power of guilt that one felt for his fellow man because of the colour of his skin this time. This time it is economic warfare being raged on the poor, the blame is squarely placed on the shoulder of the poor themselves, they “who are unwilling to make an effort” or are just to “unwilling to help themselves or want to better themselves”, how untrue this is in reality cannot be measured.
Their lives are still a misery whether we see it or not through economic deprivation there are millions of people maybe close to billions that live in poverty when we compare it to the standards we are use to in the West. If you dissect the speeches of MLK, Malcolm X and JFK you will find universal truths at the heart of them of a very simple tenant that is as important to me in the UK as it is to a Venezuelan people, in Caracas, women in Bangladesh, a protester in Turkey or the millions fighting in Brazil to have their rights recognised and this is it:
Liberty for All
This simple concept of “Liberty for all” has to be achieved by all or none at all, as MLK famously said an “Injustice anywhere is an Injustice everywhere”. There is no point preaching to the poor about democracy and liberty when all they think about is survival. Where am I going to get my next meal? Where am I going to find shelter? People don’t give a damn about democracy and liberty when there is no food when there is no shelter. These matters have to be tackled head on before we fight for other things, we have it within our economic might as a planet to defeat poverty and hunger we just lack the back bone to make the effort it takes.
I have no solutions, for that is not my realm of expertise, my realm of expertise is to be angry with the injustices of being a poor person in the year 2014. Its been a bad day of thinking what can I do about and all I am driven to do it to write this and hope someone who can help will step up and be a champion of Liberty for All.