|Posted by Diana Summerford on February 28, 2010 at 2:18 PM|
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Yes I do. I have a Dream! You see, I was born on MLK's birthday in 1973. This is really not significant as many people are born every day. However, there is a significance to me, that I have only recently accepted. I am a white woman that grew up in the south. I went to a mostly white school and most of my friends were white. It was not that I was racist, I just didn't have exposure to many Black people. It was never a conversation in my home that I should not play with people of another color and with the innocence of a child, I accepted my world as right.
Last week my beautiful talented daughter preformed in a play about Martin Luther King and the struggles of African American people. As an adult I had learned about this in school and formed my own opinions based on my experiences. As a psychic medium, sometimes what we think is true, Spirit tells us is not. So sitting at this play I feel spirit moving next to me. And the next thing I know, I hear in my ear, "I wish they would recite the whole speech. They have lost the true meaning, they have perverted my intent!" Shaking my head, tears falling from my eyes, I realized that I had never heard or read the entire speech. So thanks to the Internet, I pulled up the speech and read it along with an audio version that I found. Again I find myself sitting here with tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart. Knowing that Martin Luther King was at that play prompting me, asking me if I had the courage to stand up and say, "I WILL WALK"
After reading the speech, and opening my heart, I know that MLK was NOT only speaking to African Americans, he was speaking to white people too, asking them to let go of their hatred and bigotry. His dream was that white people and black people would open their hearts to see the other as a beautiful soul and walk side by side helping one another. He was not saying to the AA that you have been wronged against so behave any way you choose. He ask the white people to judge AA on the CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER. What a profound statement... JUDGE ME ON MY CHARACTER, NOT THE COLOR OF MY SKIN. And what has become of that statement, largely because we have not read the entire speech is I will behave anyway I choose because of all that I have suffered. This statement is also sent to white people.
Affirmative Action even had a pure intent, that has now been pervert beyond anything conceivable. Legally, if a white person is more qualified, he may not get the job, so he is now being judged by his skin color and not the CONTENT OF HIS QUALIFICATIONS.
Here is part of the speech that I found especially profound:
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
MLK asks us to accept accountability for our actions. He ask that ALL people stop the hate and bitterness, he ask us to be accountable for our actions and against all physical forces, love with all of your heart!
Love, that is what what MLK taught. He knew that we are all connect to each other, that we are all supposed to love each other, not based on the color of our skin, but based on the CONTENT OF OUR CHARACTER.
So yes, I HAVE A DREAM. That we as beautiful soul beings will start behaving in a helpful, loving way, no matter what color someones skin is, and help human kind live in their glory. That the AA community will embrace what was taught in its entirety and not a select few lines. MLK taught of lifting up our brothers and sister, not turning part of his speech and principles into unspoken rights or permissions for the AA community to live in a world of entitlement for what they have not earned. If you want to be judged on the content of your character, you must first behave in a way that MLK will be proud of.
Here is a link to the speech, please take a few minutes to open your heart and read the entire message!