Ethics

After reading the article “Let the MLK celebrations continue by reclaiming your health” by Kim Garrison, I think the main conclusion of the article is “That’s why, to me, King’s birthday is not just about reflection and great speeches – it is a call to action.” Kim Garrison wrote this article so as to create awareness among the black people, who have been historically racially prejudiced, on the essence of having a good health as a way of fulfilling the long-awaited, but still unfinished dream of Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King had a dream that a time will come when there will be equality in all races, and men would not be treated according to the color of their skin but by the content of their character. According to the author“…we cannot instantly undo centuries of racial, social, economic and health injustices, but we can continue the struggle by first reclaiming our health.” Racial, social, economic and health injustices represent dream is yet to be realized by the African-American people.

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Death from heart disease is 30 percent higher for blacks than whites. * The death rate for all cancers is 30 percent higher among blacks. * Among women, black women have the highest death rate from heart disease. * Black women are twice as likely to have diabetes as nonblack. * Black women are 35 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than nonblack. * HIV is highest in the black community, representing 44 percent of all new infections.” All the above premises support the conclusion that the author presents in this argument, that is, “That’s why, to me, King’s birthday is not just about reflection and great speeches – it is a call to action.”

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