- Posted August 28, 2013 by
Washington, District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Everyday racism: Your stories
Is MLK the new Rosa Parks?
Dibinga, who lives in Washington D.C., hopes that people start remembering the other people who fought in the Civil Rights Movement as well. “I hope people will study the entirety of the Civil Rights Movement and stop turning MLK into the second coming of Jesus. MLK was a great man and one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen, but he was enlisted into a movement that was already started by others. We need to look more at the movement and not just one individual.”
For the people who may have harsh things to say about Dibinga’s arguments, he wanted to share this message: “I think it's easy for some seeing my report to say I'm hating on Dr. King but they would be wrong. I'm grateful from his sacrifices but I see him as one of many who helped fight for my equality.”
Related story on CNN: Everyday racism: It happened us
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
In our rush to give Dr. King all the credit for everything that has happened throughout the Civil Rights Movement, we visionary fail to see that we are painting him as a pacifist who did not work hard to change real laws and stop real injustice. Some have even painted him as a conservative. Like Rosa Parks, the life of Dr. King is being distorted to fit a narrative that works for those of us too lazy to study history. We need to paint an accurate picture of what transpired during one of the greatest moments in the history of humankind.