A person posted a link to something that I didn’t care for on IRC today. One of the channel operators and I talked about it having racist undertones, and I was reminded of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech from the march on Washington in August 1963. The line I was remembering was
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.
The racist or negative ethnic comment was related to the Palestinians. Having lived in Egypt in the past (for four years), I am more sensitive to the Palestinians’ situation than many Americans. Having also lived in Indonesia (three years), I am more open to Muslims, in general, than many Americans. My dream as a paraphrase of Dr. King’s line is,
“I have a dream that every American will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin (or the religion that they practice or any other external difference) but by the content of their character.
If that day ever comes, I think Dr. King’s closing line is very appropriate:
And when this happens, When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Of course, I’d add Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. to the list.