Eternal thanks to the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & the many other freedom fighters, regardless of the amount of melanin they may possess. At just shy of 40, I wasn't alive during the civil rights movement but it's because of the brave souls that displayed immense amounts of selflessness, that I'm alive today.
I, like billions of others have experienced racism and other forms of bigotry and at this point it's just sad. I can deal with it as I've learned how to persevere despite someone else's ignorance, but what hurts me most is having to raise children in a world that at times still treats them as unequal. Some of my best and most respected friends, aunt's and uncles are from across the color line but I was raised to not let that line be the barometer for good and bad, but to let one's character be the sole deciding factor. That right there is what drives racism or deletes it, THE WAY WE WERE RAISED AND THE WAY WE RAISE OUR CHILDREN. MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech is his legacy and rightfully so, but his wisdom and jewels aren't limited to just that one speech. This one resonates deeply with me as well “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says ‘Love your enemies,’ he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition.” — “Loving Your Enemies”