Absent from most discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr is his mother’s assassination. As our author, Aurin Squire, gasps at her lack of knowledge, we should realize that what we read is filled with holes waiting to be filled. The main question is, do we wait for others to do our jobs or we going to fill those spaces with our stories.
Historical omission points toward a culture’s subconscious beliefs that some people matter less than others. When female stories are muted, we are teaching our kids that their dignity is second class and the historical accounts of their lives is less relevant. This lowered value carries over when women face sexual objectification and systemic brutalization from inside and outside the community. When we can’t see ourselves in our history, we begin to think that we are disconnected and suffering alone. Historical ignorance always precedes cultural imbalances and individual despair. Too many lives are still lived in the blank space, too many march for racial equality while subjugating their gender and even sexual orientation.