Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Content of their character, or...?

"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." —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream," speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back; when brown can stick around; when yellow will be mellow; when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right." —Rev. Joseph Lowery, Barack Obama inaugural benediction, January 20, 2009

In forty years, we've gone from The March On Washington to Change Comes To Washington, yet some would still fixate on racial groups rather than the character of the individual. Shouldn't all Americans embrace what is right? Don't most Americans already do so?

UPDATE: Juan Williams is thinking along the same lines today.

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