He had a dream

November 5, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech is real good.  If you’ve never read it in full, you should check it out.  Here’s a good bit there in the middle.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.”

I was thinking about it this morning and especially this familiar section at the end...
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.”

Why? Because we just elected a black man as president and all the headlines say we elected him because he’s black.  Did we elect him because of the content of his character or the color of his skin?

We’ll have four years to find out.  I am praying that it turns out he has character.


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