Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My Personal Dream

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech. Unfortunately the spirit of the speech has been usurped. His driving words

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty we are free at last!

have been usurped by the single-minded manipulators of all stripes. The core of Dr. Kings message was that when a single person is deprived of liberty we all are deprived of liberty.  If I can quote from The Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Unfortunately it took thousands of lives and over one hundred years to grow into these words.

I am of course talking about Race. This is probably the most poorly defined and most mis-understood word in our spoken language.

Courtesy of President Lyndon Johnson I had the opportunity to spend a year in Biloxi Mississippi.  While stationed there I found out that, as a Jew, I was not “quite” white. My racial characteristics were that I was good with money and smarter than most. Oh yes – I do have a small nose for a Jew. After this education in stupidity I delved into the definition of the word Race. When literature delves into the definition and history of the word, there is no clear standard. All I could find out was that race is a subdivision of Homo Sapiens Sapiens, which is in fact a subdivision of Homo Sapiens[1]

Not to be dismayed I dug deeper and came upon our old friend – The Horse. A Horse is a member of the family Equus, as are donkeys and zebras. So if we draw a poorly defined parallel, we have three races of Equus, horses, donkeys and zebras. Now we run into a problem – horses and donkeys do not breed true. The offspring of a horse and donkey is a mule. Mules are almost always infertile.

Now lets talk about us Homo Sapiens Sapiens. Assuming the worst possible, that white people and black people are in reality separate races, or in this example, species. The offspring of a white person and a black person is almost always fertile. Our President is a valid example of that.

Again – in my humble opinion, there is only one race of humans – and that is humans. My dream is to live to see that finally accepted as true. Racial identity is harmful to all. We are all people!

[1] Really

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