Character Matters

I was watching a program the other day and saw Reverend Alveda King, and she mentioned the quote that her uncle Martin Luther King Jr. is probably most famous for:
“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.”

This got me thinking about this statement.  Has the black American population completely ignored this statement?

According to exit polls, black voters went 93% for Barack Obama.  I haven’t seen a lot of things to show President Obama with great character.  He did a fair amount of drugs in his past.  He doesn’t seem to want to show his grades, papers or writings he did in college.  Somehow he hasn’t got a license to practice law, but was head of the law review at Harvard.  He voted more “present” votes than any other votes in his state senate voting record.  Never really held a steady full time job until he ran for office.  He seems to jump to conclusions easily: Professor Henry Louis Gates & the Police Acting Stupidly.  He has hung around a lot of unsavory characters: Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Frank Marshall Davis, Tony Rezko to name just a few.  Confucius once said “Show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are.”  These are just a few examples that I came up with quickly and could probably go on for pages, but I think you get the gist.

So did the black population of America vote for him almost exclusively because of his character or was it for the color of his skin?

When researching this, I looked at a lot of quotes of Martin Luther King Jr. and thought I would post a few to show you that the general population of black America isn’t listening to what one of their greatest leaders said.

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.” (Orlando Shaw 22 kids-14 mothers, Rachel Jeantel,)

“We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension.  We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive” (Tea Party is Racist)

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” (I didn’t know about that until the press informed me)

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” (Egypt, Republicans are racist)

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” (Hollywood and Paula Deen)

These are all Martin Luther King Jr. quotes.  And I don’t think today’s leaders of Black America are paying attention to them anymore, and they are twisting the interpretation of them.  I see Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and other black leaders claiming that they are just carrying on the work of Martin Luther King Jr., but I don’t think they seem to be hearing or understanding what Martin Luther King Jr. was saying.

I see people like Jackson, Sharpton and others claiming to know the character of President Obama, Trayvon Martin, abortionist Dr. Gosnell; but not showing any disgust for their negative actions.  Are they really paying attention to their character, or just looking at the color of their skin?

The solution to this problem is for people, all people no matter what their skin color, to educate themselves about King’s great words and to have a clear vision of what he thought mankind was capable of.