I was going to write about some things I have recently tried and loved and then I remembered it is Martin Luther King jr., day.
Here in the United States of America that means we take pause today to honor a great American who believed in equality for all. Not for the few, not for certain religions, not for certain skin colors, for ALL.
Now that is something I can get behind, equality for all, I like that, I do believe, with my whole heart it is something the majority of Americans wants as well.
I grew up in a non-racist household, what that means is my parents taught me to judge what is on the inside, not the outside. Having said that, I will tell you my dad was prejudiced, he was a product of his generation in many ways, having been born in 1911 this is to be expected.
My dad had no issues with people of a different skin color getting to vote, getting the same pay for the same job, being friends with people of a different skin color. He did not believe that we should intermarry. That is the only thing he had issues with. I am sure if he lived longer or had lived in a different time, he would have seen things differently.
My mother, who outlived him by 10 years, did change her opinion on this as she met and became friends with people of a different skin color.
I believe if people are exposed to different cultures and different ethnicities they will begin to think differently.
I don’t believe in the whole “race” thing, we are all one race, the human race. We might look differently and speak differently and think differently, but inside, where it genuinely counts, we all want the same thing. For this world to be better for our children, to be able to feed, clothe and shelter our families in a dignified manner.
I believe that if we all united and refused to be drawn into the “race” wars, we would defeat the real enemy.
When we stop looking at each other and fearing skin color, religion, region or accents, then we can truly stop the hate.
The hate that Martin Luther King jr. wanted to stop so many years ago. Today, of all days of the year, the way we can honor him is to truly stop giving our attention to the ones that want to divide us. Stop looking for differences and start looking for the sameness in all of us. A desire to elevate our children higher than we climbed, a desire to live in peace, a desire to truly love one another.
As a Christian all I can do is look to what Jesus said in John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
No room for hate in my heart if I follow that commandment, which I try my best to do on a daily basis. Someone recently told me that they know someone is truly bad if I don’t like them, because I like everyone. I do try and find something positive in every person around me, if I can’t find anything positive about you, it has nothing to do with your skin color. It has everything to do with your character.
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