Even more deafening silence.
With all this and more, I have found myself thinking about Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech which he gave standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in August, 1963. Or, was it yesterday?
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. I have a dream … I have a dream that one day in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.
Of course there is more to that speech and that moment and that dream. But, the phrase that has been demanding my attention is this: the content of their character. Little black boys and little black girls still long to be judged on the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. As do little Asian girls and little Middle Eastern boys and grown Guatemalan women and grown Mexican men.
But what about you and me?
Those of us who don’t have to wait for some dreamed about tomorrow, but have the privilege of being judged today not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.
You and me judged.
And President Trump judged.
And Senator Schumer judged.
And Senator McConnell judged.
And the parents who shielded their child’s body with their own when the gunfire erupted judged.
And the person who posts derogatory comments on social media judged.
And the person who delivers a meal to someone who is homebound judged.
And the person who judges another by the color of another’s skin judged.
And the person who steps between the abuser and the abused judged.
And the grandparent who cares for her or his grandchildren judged.
In the end judged not by position or wealth or where you live or the car you drive, but by what matters most when everything else is stripped away. The content of your character.