Huffington Post reported today;
“Has the U.S. achieved Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a colorblind society? Fewer than half of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress in the past 50 years toward racial equality, a new poll shows.”
Reverend King’s dream is that people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. There is no need to re-interpret that to mean that we should be “colorblind” to believe in the equality of all men. A teaching of Jane Elliott explains it well and is on the video below. Simply put, everyone has to recognize and appreciate diversity, rather than transforming others into what makes them comfortable. It might make some people comfortable to be colorblind, but that’s because maybe they are uncomfortable seeing the color of people. The question then is, why are they uncomfortable with color?
The most beautiful gardens are those with variety. Imagine what we are missing in their beauty if we are colorblind. True belief in equality is seeing the color of the skin while not defining people by racial stereotypes, and prejudices. Can we say, “profiling”? For instance, when George Zimmerman saw Trayvon Martin, he profiled the teen as a burglar. That in fact, based on statements that Zimmerman, his dad, and Juror B37 made, had the burglars been another race, Zimmerman would have profiled them based on their race. Zimmerman sees race, but according to negative profiles or prejudices in what he thinks are their intentions or content of their character.
That is the revelation behind Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream – do not profile based on the color of skin. The basic belief that all men are created equal means that there is no inherent superiority nor inferiority. It does not assume the heart of individuals based on the color of their skin.
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