Has Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream come true?
On Monday’s live episode of “The Real,” hosts Amanda Seales, Loni Love, Adrienne Houghton, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Jeannie Mai discussed a recent tweet from the civil rights leader’s youngest child, Bernice King, where she wrote, “People often ask me, ‘What would he say were he alive today?’ He’s said it. We’re just not listening. He beckoned us far above civility.”
If the legendary Christian minister were alive today, Seales believes he would react to our current political climate and say, “Well, it ain’t much different.”
“In terms of our standards, in terms of the way that we’re interacting with each other, we still have a prison-industrial complex,” the “Insecure” actress explained. “We still have racism. We still have things built into our laws and into our Constitution.”
“Worse mental health than before, higher suicide rates,” Mai added.
Amanda continued, “Specifically about race, what he’s talking about, things have not changed. So, the reality is there are still systems in place that are not being addressed.”
When Love asked, “Why isn’t it being addressed?” Seales clarified that she believes these issues are “not being changed.”
“Because if it were changed, then certain people who are at the top would no longer feel they are at the top,” Amanda exclaimed. “The reality is, once you create equality, supremacy does not exist. That’s the whole thing.”
In regards to Bernice’s point about the American public “not listening” to her father’s words of equality, Houghton believes it is in reference to how society treats certain groups of people.
“There is a group of people crying out, saying, ‘Listen to us. Be empathetic to us. Recognize there is inequality. Recognize there is injustice.’ And I feel people just need to listen to that.”
To combat this, Love believes we should be active in our democracy, and vote for policies that promote justice.
“It’s about being part of the process. If we’re going to be in this country, we have to be part of the process,” the comic noted. “That’s why I push education so much. We need to be voted in to change some of these laws, some of these policies, so that we can have an equal share.”
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. However, his legacy lives on and continues to inspire millions all over the world.