The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. sparked huge social changes that are still continuing to shape the US today, suggests Kevin Cokley of Dallas News. His brand of peaceful activism, and seeing the best in white America, notwithstanding its treatment of black people, made his assassination that much more earth-shattering. Black people became much more politically engaged thereafter, using their rage to propel social change. This wave has continued until today, as the country’s youth is involved in politics and black rights. MLK’s uniting message about social justice lives on today, continuing to improve the country.
Since Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, America has progressed at a negligible pace in terms of black rights, infers Rigel C. Oliveri of The Huffington Post. Segregation, which was one of his key issues, was tackled seriously but has persisted in recent years as people haven’t focused on it anymore. Metropolitan areas still have high levels of segregation as well as income inequality along ethnic lines. Systemic racism has kept minorities poor. Predatory lending in the 2000s and the foreclosure crisis hit minority home-ownership and savings particularly hard. MLK’s death couldn’t prevent the present suffering of black Americans.