Like Martin Luther King, I, too, have a dream.  I dream of the day when we no longer discern color and race, for the day when people are just people.  

Because of this personal longing, it bothers me to see growing separateness in our American Society.  Minorities want equality and not to be treated differently, yet they, too, discriminate and exclude others with their African-American Beauty Contests, Latino Beauty Pageants, Latino Music Awards Shows, Hispanic radio and tv stations, and Black Expos, just to give a few examples. I don’t know if Black Expos are held everywhere, but they are in Indianapolis, IN.  Black Expo is an annual, week-long event that is well-publicized offering a job fair, African-American entertainers, African-American speakers, and other things. Although anyone can attend, the job fair is for African-Americans.  Others are excluded from consideration. 

 On a personal level I don’t care if the Blacks have an Expo in Indianapolis, IN, or if beauty pageants are held for specific races.  However, as a matter of principle, I do.  Minorities would be outraged if ‘white’ beauty pageants were held, and heaven help us all if a ‘white’ expo were to be held.  I truly believe events like these could trigger another civil war.  Therein lies the irony these events.

Minorities cry out for equal rights – to be seen for who they are on the inside, not the color of their skin on the outside.  I’m with them in that.  However, by hosting their own well-publicized events that exclude white people and other groups, they’re creating more of the same issues they’re trying to overcome – discrimination and societal desegregation.  

I dream of a Presidential election when we evaluate the candidates on their merit, character, experience, faith/moral beliefs, and ability to do the job, not on their race.  Are those who support Barak Obama doing so because they’ve evaluated him on his credentials, beliefs and abilities?  Or just because he’s black?  As a concerned citizen of the United States of America, I certainly hope his supporters are doing so because he’s got the right stuff and not just because of his color!  Just as color is not a reason for discrimination, it’s also not a reason for automatic endorsement.  Those voting because of color -whatever the color – are themselves committing discrimination. 

A common ‘catch phrase’ these days is, “The power of one.”   I dream of the day we live as one people under the power of The One -God, our Creator and Heavenly Father – who created each of us in His own likeness (Genesis 1:27) and teaches us to follow this, His greatest commandment:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength...and love your neighbor as yourself.  (Mark 12:30)  By following this one commandment that Jesus says is the greatest of all, we could bring such peace and harmony to the world, no longer seeing color, but seeing only man.