Sorry, MLK Didn't Die For Your 'Clever' Instagram Captions

Sorry, MLK Didn't Die For Your 'Clever' Instagram Captions

Some things are better left off of Instagram.

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day being last Monday, Instagram was flooded with an abundance of #MLKDay posts. While some were done in good taste, showing the continuance and celebration of King’s legacy, others were slightly off the mark of what MLK Day is supposed to be.

MLK Day was declared a federal holiday in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan and was first celebrated in 1986 just short of two decades following his assassination in 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated around the time of King’s birthday and serves as a day of remembrance, service, and a celebration of King’s legacy.

King is notably recognized for his use of nonviolence and civil disobedience. That being said, King was a known advocate of the Civil Rights movement as early as the 1950’s and received several death threats throughout his leadership career.

However, Martin Luther King Jr. didn't die for your “clever” Instagram captions. There, I said it.

By all means, I myself love a good Instagram caption, especially if it’s a pun. Oh boy, do I love a good pun. Nonetheless, the excessive amount of #MLKDiedForThis posts that have absolutely nothing to do with King’s legacy or the Civil Rights movement are quite exhausting, to say the least.

To put it simply, MLK didn’t die for you to “darty” on your Monday off of school. He didn’t die for you to post a picture with your so-called squad. He didn’t die for you to have a four day weekend. Actually, he didn’t just die. He was murdered by a man named James Earl Ray. While King knew that every day that he advocated for the Civil Rights movement his life would be on the line along with all of those who followed him courageously, it does not mean that he chose to die for your Instagram captions.

In his infamous “I Have A Dream” Speech, King states “[I have a dream that one day] little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” While society as a whole has made several strides towards the dream that King was talking about, is it really necessary to Instagram it?

Nowadays, it’s almost as if every experience we have has to be documented on a social media platform. After all, if you didn’t Instagram it, did it really even happen? The answer is yes.

By all means, Instagram whatever the hell you want, but if it doesn’t have to do with MLK’s legacy, why not just leave his name out of it?

Moving forward, I’d like to challenge everyone reading this article to spend some time honoring Martin Luther King’s legacy, whether it be through a service project, peace march, or going to an event hosted on your college campus. There’s something each and every one of us can take away from King’s death, and that’s truly what the third Monday in January should be about every year. After all, as Coretta Scott King once said, "This is not a black holiday; it is a people's holiday."

You don’t have to wait until next MLK Day either; Black History Month, which is celebrated in February, is right around the corner!

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Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.

2. "I bet you support Trump."

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3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.

4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.

5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

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6. "Why don't you want free college?"

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7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

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8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.

9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.

10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.

11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

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12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

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