We celebrated another Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week just as we do every year. Reverend King marched to help African Americans be assimilated into American society. Yet here we are sixty years later with more divisive conditions than we have had since the death of Reverend King. We should be asking ourselves why.
An article by Peter C. Myers was published by The Daily Signal about the divisions we face. “Of our present circumstances, we can say that as a nation we are sharply divided over the chronically divisive issue of race – perhaps more dangerously divided over this issue than at any other point in the post-1960s, post-King, post-civil rights era.
“We are divided over the boundaries of permissible speech on college campuses; over universities’ use of racial and ethnic classifications in admissions; over states’ enactments of stricter voter registration laws; and, above all, over the deaths of various African Americans in encounters with police officers and the consequent emergence of the `Black Lives Matter’ protest movement.
“Beneath those concrete controversies are divisions touching the republic’s first principles. At that deep level we divide regarding the nature and grounds of rights, the requisites for the rule of law, the proper mode and extent of racial integration – even over the grounds of allegiance to America.”
Reverend King said that he had a dream that no one would be judged by the color of their skin. Why have we become so divisive about something that should never have taken place in the first place? We should be treating each other as human beings regardless of the color of our skin. We are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. He loves all His children, and He will hold each responsible in a future day for the way we treat each other. Oh, how I would like to see some big changes for good in our nation before next Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!