Today is the anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. It is one of the memories of my youth that stays with me. I remember watching two news events on the TV one was mans first step on the moon, the other was the coverage of this mans death.
I remember my father explaining to me this event. I didn’t understand why someone would kill somebody that just wanted to be treated the same as everyone else. It was not what I was being taught. I was taught that you judge somebody by their actions, how they behave. Not how they look, and not always by what they say. The value of a person is judged by how they treat others and how they handle confrontation.
King from the view that I was taught was doing everything right, and someone killed him. That is when I learned that there is evil in the world. What happened to King was evil. It was explained to me that there are evil people that will do evil things to others that they disagree with. That people like that are small in number, but have always been amongst us.
It is the reason that my Father, Grandfather, and Uncles put on uniforms and guns everyday when they left the house. It was to protect normal people from those evil men. It is the duty of those that can to protect those that can’t. That was how the world was explained to me.
Here is an interview you might enjoy, it’s 25 minutes long but it is worth your time.