Her uncle had a dream but she wants us to wake up. Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King recently commented on what she calls the ‘consequence-free’ mindset that has sickened a generation. Citing the cases of Paris Hilton, recently jailed for violating parole from an earlier drunk driving rap, and Genarlow Wilson, a 17-year old student athlete from Douglas County, Georgia (my home) sent to prison for ten years because of having criminal consensual sex with a minor, Dr. King says the issues raised by each, though not similar in scale, are nonetheless telling in today’s society.
“They seem to be examples of an attitude that’s at the root of society’s problems,” she says. “Too many of us feel we can do what we know is wrong and not have to face the consequences of our actions.”
Then the good Doctor made this startling observation: “I believe that a generation’s having grown up with legal abortion is a big reason for the consequence-free mindset that plagues our young; after all, if a culture says you can kill a baby to ‘fix’ unwanted pregnancy, how serious could it be to deal with other problems you cause? We need to pray for our children. We need to monitor the media they absorb. And we need to teach them — if you want to avoid the rude awakening of painful consequences, don’t do what’s ‘right for you,’ do what’s right.”
Preach it, sister!