Monday, January 17, 2011
Today we celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. He gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech about the struggle and quest for racial equality in 1963. Most people remember the "I have a dream" phrases but when I looked over the text of it today, these phrases seemed to jump out:
"This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."
We may be a little closer today to racial equality but we seem to be dragging ourselves down as a nation, regardless of race, with our "jangling discord", our political intolerance, and our collective incivility.