Read this article (link at the end) if you have a minute. Spot on thoughts by my friend Jon Gabriel: “I suppose I could categorize my friends by ethnicity, but the thought makes my skin crawl. They’re friends, not racial statistics.” Exactly!
Personally, and I thank Dad and Mom for instilling this in me, if you’re my friend or my enemy, it doesn’t matter what shade of melanin you have, you are a human-being, meant to be treated as an equal, with kindness and understanding. And if you’re my friend, it’s because I value you, think you’re smart, interesting, awesome, funny, and have other positive characteristics, that make you a really great person to be around.
As a friend said recently, “Point is, that Martin Luther King Jr. had some smart stuff to say — in the last century, nonetheless! — about judging people on the content of their character (… something that you control and is therefore an actually valid way to judge you) rather than color of your skin (random melanin, who cares).
It makes me sad to think in some ways, as a society we’ve gone backwards, getting further from MLK’s very wise philosophy.” Amen.