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." by, Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am grateful that Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, because he inspired me to see past the color of skin and look instead at the content of a person's character.
In the late 1960's I moved with my husband to a big city on the east coast. He was serving in the Army and had been stationed nearby. To help out with our finances, I took a job at a local department store. I recall that I was a newbie in an unfamiliar city with local customs and appreciated what the locals shared with me, not realizing that I was about to learn a lesson in bigotry.
One day, a co-worker took it upon herself to strongly warn me not to talk to a person of different color and to never walk on the same side of the street. Growing up in a Christian home in the Pacific Northwest, I knew that I had been sheltered from some of the harsh realities of the world. Racism and intolerance was a concept that was unfamiliar to me. The brief segregation documentaries viewed in the classroom were my only introduction of bigotry. I never had to encounter first-hand what hate and bigotry actually sounded like. It was so hard to fathom all that the African American people had to endure.
After I got over the initial shock of her words, I replied that the best way I knew without being confrontational with her. I told her that, as humans, we are all the same and I would talk to and walk with whomever I choose. From that point on, she had nothing to do with me. I was okay with that, but I felt sad, because she had allowed hate to rule over her.
The way we treat one another has improved somewhat over the decades, but as a nation, we still have a long ways to go. I hope and pray that we are taking the lessons to heart.
May God's love be with you,
author, Kathy Goodhew
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.