Find the Racist - or the Color of our Character
So, in the meanwhile: find the racist!
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal....
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.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., the “I Have a Dream” speech,
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., 1963
J'aimerais qu'on oublie leur couleur pour qu'ils espèrent
Beaucoup de sentiments de race qui font qu'ils désespèrent
Je veux les portes grandements ouvertes
Des amis pour parler de leur peine, de leur joie
Pour qu'ils leur filent des infos qui ne divisent pas
[I’d like us to lose our color, so that we can hope
Feelings of race that make one lose hope
I want the doors to be wide open
Friends to speak of their pain, of their joy
Let them spread news that does not divide]
And when a child is born into this world
It has no concept
Of the tone the skin is living in.
- Youssou N'Dour, “7 Seconds”
Yes, we want to be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. But what makes up character? If we don’t take race as part of our character, then we are kidding ourselves.
- Hillary Clinton, the “Then We Are Kidding Ourselves” speech,
Trinity Baptist Church, the Bronx, 2003
(source: The New York Sun, 21 January 2003)