Willie Richardson / Jan. 19, 2021

Character Over Color

Reflections on race after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“I have a dream that [my] four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.

For those who are still looking to realize “the dream,” Dr. King’s dream has already been fulfilled for the past 40 years. His four children are long grown and are being judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. You and I included. Contrary to popular social justice warriors’ opinions, people are judged more by what they do rather than their melanin count.

If you’re still looking for his dream to come true, you are most likely blinded by the emotional leftist rhetoric that “we shall overcome.” Jesus already overcame, so if I remain in Him, I too overcome.

If you still believe you are being judged daily by your skin color (melanin) and not by the content of your character (behavior, work ethic, integrity, etc.), then you have poor character and are making excuses for yourself.

Martin Luther King’s dream might have been an American fairytale to many of you. The reason I say this is because one’s dream about his children cannot be realized if we’re really, as the Left insists, a nation full of ignorant, divisive, and evil thought patterns.

Let me break it down for you.

MLK may have had it backwards. In essence, what would have sounded more practical for many black Americans is if “the Baptist preacher” said:

“I have a desire from God to love and train my children in such a way that their lifestyles will be shaped by Christ’s character, and no matter how people view them from the outside, that they let their lights so shine from the inside that men might see their good character and glorify the God of Heaven.”

Let’s face it: This is the world, and it’s evil. Changing the world won’t happen. Changing your thinking (repentance) away from sin and giving God glory by the way you live changes your world. This will inevitably give you the leverage to shine your light so others might see Christ in you. I have a dream. I dream one day Americans will realize their skin color can’t think, feel, taste, touch, hear, or see.

I have a dream that lazy-minded people will stop using skin idolatry for their own shortcomings. I have a dream that my five little children will one day realize they are not a skin color but a heritage from the Lord. They are a legacy of my lineage. My sons are my namesake carried into the next generation. My daughters are the vessels of modesty and virtue preparing to raise the standards of modern-day womanhood. Nothing I said mentioned melanin. Mind over melanin. Character over culture. No more excuses.

“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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