By Bishop Tracy S. Malone
April 4, 2018
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many are gathering today in Washington D.C. and across the nation to remember King’s life, work and vision … a world where each person would be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. A dream yet unrealized!
King said he refused to accept the view that humankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism that the bright daybreak of peace and equality can never become a reality. He believed that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
As I reflect on King’s words, I am convinced that many cannot and will not admit the truth and/or name the reality that racism is as prevalent now as it was 50 years ago. Some cannot admit or accept that they perpetuate racism whether consciously or unconsciously by the sin of omission and commission.
Dismantling and ending racism is all of our work to do! Rallies and prayers are meaningful but are not enough. Our talk and concern must result in action … in the trenches … in the places where we live and among the circles where we have influence. Racism must be confronted in homes, churches, workplaces, schools, communities, governments, policy-making, law enforcement, etc. To make a difference, an intentional commitment must be made to think, believe and behave differently.
I am convinced that if we are to, in King’s words, experience a bright daybreak of peace and equality we must be committed to the ongoing work of dismantling and ending racism. And while so doing, unconditional love must overcome hate and fear and overcome evil with good.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
— Romans 12:9 (NIV)
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