Martin Luther Kings “I have a dream”speech was only 17 minutes long. But in those 17 minutes he managed to sum up what we all know in our hearts to be true. I am not black and I’m not going to claim that I understand or have experienced true, deep discrimination. This does not mean that the words spoken by Dr. King lack meaning or have no impact for me.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”- Martin Luther King Jr.,
This makes me think of my children playing with children of different races and naitionalities. To them the differences are just a simple thing like the color socks they have on. They care more about how they play, what they behave like and if they are fun.
There was more to Dr. King’s message then just the “I have a dream” speech.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Price Acceptance Speech
I don’t think racism is a difference in color anymore. It is almost as if it has grown beyond that to a hatred of ideology, personality, and whole being. People hate police regardless of black or white. We hear everyday about how terrorist hate others based on religious beliefs. I hold out hope for a “daybreak of peace,” from the hatred.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. “- Sermon by Martin Luther King.
Maybe Dr. King never lost his belief that people still have good inside of them, even after they do awful things. I wish I could believe that as well. Unfortunately, I think some people are just evil in the depths of their soul. Our world today is so full of darkness and hate that it is important to remember there are people in it who are “the light.” For us to see the truth in this statement we need to shut off the news, stop listening to the Kardashians, and find the light that exists within us.