It was the eightieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assasination. A lot had changed since then. Marvin thought back on his lifetime, and couldn’t remember ever being discriminated against. He was well versed in black history, and a member of the N.A.B.A. It used to be called the N.A.A.C.P., but people thought that colored people sounded rather archaic. Now it was the National Association of Black Americans. It was more of a political group that looked out for special interest of the blacks. Much like the A.A.R.P. lobbies for senior citizens.
Marvin looked down towards the beach, where his wife, Wendy had gone for her evening jog. It was true that she was caucasian, but he loved her dearly. Nearly 20% of all marriages were between blacks, whites, and mulattos. He did remember as a child, it was sort of a status symbol to have a white wife, but even then that sort of thinking was falling out of favor.
He wondered if the driving factor of the fading of discrimination was because the hispanics had taken the lower rung of the socio-economic ladder? Specifically it was the Mexican people who now occupied the overwhelming majority of the poor. Back around the turn of the millenium, there was an election between a conservative Mexican president, and a socialist challenger. The vote was so close, that the socialist candidate declared the election was fixed. He led nearly half of the country in violent protest and demonstrations. The already poor Mexican economy spiraled downward. There was such a massive influx of Mexicans to the U.S. that it couldn’t be stopped. There were so many killings during the Mexican Civil War that the refugee’s fell under the political asylum law.
With the Mexican influx taking all the lowest paying jobs, the blacks came into the middle range of jobs. Over twenty or thirty years, the trend of single black mothers and absent fathers had fallen to a low of ten percent. Almost all Americans had Mexican house staff. Marvin and Wendy were no exception. Marvin thought about the speeches of Dr. King and wondered if he was discriminating against the Mexicans. He decided that he wasn’t. He didn’t use any of the ethnic slurs, or treat them with disrespect. It was just the road map of history that led them to being on the bottom rung.
His history books had stated that Dr. Martin Luther King, born Michael Luther King, was the youngest man to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. That was an honor that he still held. A young Mexican-American woman by the name of Leticia had recently been in the news a lot lately. Her empassioned speeches seemed to strike a chord in the children of the children who came from Mexico. He pondered if the pattern was about to repeat itself?