No hate, just acts of kindness

January 18, 2018

Like many of us considered the “older generation”, Martin Luther King had a profound effect on my thought processes. While the Black Panther party and other

Mike Wilcox Editor/Publisher

Mike Wilcox

activists were creating havoc in the streets while preaching hate in the pulpit, like his predecessor Gandhi, MLK was calling for change through peaceful protest.
I did a double-take a few days ago when I was listening to his daughter, Rev. Bernice King, as she was speaking to a full house at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Although she took a couple jabs at President Trump, like many others on MLK Day, it struck me, that she was asking one and all to carry out an act of kindness to a family or individual of another race between now and April 4, the fifty year anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis.

I thought was a nice gesture this would be if everyone followed the Rev. King’s lead. I know I am on board, and will plan more than one act of kindness. I hope you will join me. Here’s a few suggestions  to stimulate your mind:

-Simply pay it backward. Buy a cup of coffee or a burger and fries for the person behind you in line.
-Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
-Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
-Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treat.
-Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
-Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
-Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter.
-Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
-Put 50 paper hearts in a box. On each cutout write something that is special about your partner or a friend. Give them the box and tell them to pull out a heart anytime they need a pick-me-up.
-Leave a gas gift card or two at a gas pump.

These are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many things we can do to recognize people of different races.  Maybe through these acts of kindness we can do our small part to change the divisive political climate that is so pervasive in today’s world. Maybe through these acts of kindness we can show our political leaders that togetherness can be achieved.

I saw a glimmer of hope last week when President Trump invited political leaders of both persuasions together at a public meeting in an attempt to hash out an immigration policy we all could live with. Amazingly the press was invited as well, and opinion makers on both sides of the aisle came away impressed.

That is until the infamous s_ _ _hole word was tweeted. Now we are back to square one. Democrats don’t want to give an inch. Neither do Republicans.

It is time, however, to harken the words of Martin Luther King, who preached inclusiveness over separatism. It is time to heed the words of his daughter Bernice, and carry out those acts of kindness to those of a different color, economic status or political party.

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