“I have a dream that my 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.”
These words were famously spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on an August day, over 50 years ago. Martin told his dream of an America that doesn’t see race first, but rather sees everyone as an individual.
55 years after giving that speech, he is being used to push something he would be very opposed to. Instead of pushing for integration and equality, people are using the words of King to push hatred and division. They say that if you fail in this life, it’s not your fault, it is simply due to your race.
They say that it is okay to have “Black-Only” graduation, and “Black- Only” dorms, but they would riot if the word black were simply replaced by white. Martin didn’t die fighting for special treatment, he died fighting for equality. He wanted everyone to have an equal chance regardless of what color they were.
Martin is my personal hero. He never harmed anyone, never yelled at anyone, and he accomplished his life’s mission with love and peace. We lack a Martin Luther King today; the leaders on both sides resort to name calling and division. So, on Martin Luther King day this year, remember King for what he wanted. He wanted blacks, whites, Asians, Latinos, and mixtures thereof to be equal in America. He wanted every child to grow up with the equal opportunity to be successful.
Honor that Martin today, tomorrow and every day.