Strange title….I know but let’s get into it. Today is Martin Luther King day and the Mayor of Ottawa released a statement about MLK day, I didn’t read it because Jim Watson has been inconsistent about MLK’s core message. Civil rights for oppressed black people, and as a black man in Ottawa, it feels disingenuous. But what is the real connection with MLK and Ottawa? As our city grows we have to recognize that Dr. King’s vision is becoming a reality, we are incredibly multi-cultural especially our young people. Ottawa is the nations capital and it makes me happy to see the rise of black people in such a powerful city. If King was alive he would be proud of the progress being achieved…but he also would be disappointed.
Why? Because we can do better, there are such few black people in leadership positions in Parliament and City Hall. Rawlson King is the first black councilman/woman in this city’s history…so yes Dr. King would be proud of the progress but he would want more. We should want more and demand more from our city. That’s why Bytown Blog exists…to push the culture and the city forward, if you want to join this journey…stay tuned and follow this blog!