Thursday, September 22, 2016

The dream continues

Martin Luther King said
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.
It is time for all people to begin to judge all people by the content of their characters.

A small step might be for people to take the oath that for the rest of the day they will talk only about individuals, and make no references to any groups to which those individuals might belong.

Talk about a baseball player's talents without referring to the team they play for.
Talk about a politician without referring to his/her political party.
Talk about a dinner recipe without referring to its ethnic or national origin.
Talk about a person in the news without referring to race or origin.
Talk about a neighborhood without clumping people into categories.

Be they good, bad, or indifferent in your eyes, talk about the individual.
Not about the group.

Note that I use "individual" to mean more than just a person. The individual could be a gas station, a bank, a movie, a book.

Say what you want to say about a TV role without referring to any skin color, ethnicity, or religion.
Wax poetic about your neighbors, just not as a group.

To help as all do this, media could take a proactive step and try it too!

If we can do this for one day, we can then try a second. Then a third and fourth, and so on.

New habits can take over for old habits, but it takes time and effort. The time we all have, the effort we must supply.

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