Today is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” Speech. I grew up not seeing a difference in the color of people’s skin. I had black friends, hispanic friends, white friends, asian friends etc. I didn’t care what color their skin was, and still don’t. The majority of our great nation (and the world) is not so small minded as to judge someone by the color of their skin. My friends do not see me as a “white girl”. I am their friend.
I just want to point out a very simple fact.
Racism only lives if we allow it to.
When we were stationed in Hawaii I had a few encounters with Hawaiians who did not like me because I am white. Some people call us “haoles” there. It upset me, no doubt. But the majority of Hawaiian’s are incredibly kind, generous and loving.
When we first moved to San Antonio a hispanic teenager threw a water bottle at my car after stealing my parking spot at the mall. I was hugely pregnant and hormonal. It upset me to no end. Did he do it because I’m white? I have no idea, but it doesn’t matter. Ignorance doesn’t discriminate.
There are racist white people, but a few ignorant people do not define the entire caucasian race.
I was watching Kelly & Michael a few weeks ago and saw this interview with Jase Robertson from Duck Dynasty. Apparently someone in the lobby of his hotel thought he was a homeless man when he asked where the restroom was and kicked him out. Guess what he did? Nothing. He even stayed at that hotel. You can read more about this story here.
There will always be a few ignorant people here and there and we cannot control that, or change who they are. What we can do is continue to live our lives, love our neighbors and refuse to buy into the culture of hate our government and the mainstream media is currently attempting to perpetuate.
It’s so simple, is it not?
We are all human beings that God placed on this earth to serve Him. Not ourselves, or a lie that the few hate filled people in this world would have you believe.
Let’s celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr today, and everyday, by ignoring the ignorant and living our lives full of love as God intended.