My message this week is on ‘racial equality’, which is something much more than mere tolerance.
Dr Martin Luther King, decades ago, delivered his “I have a dream” speech. None of us have lived up to Dr King’s vision “where each person would be judged by the content of their character, rather than skin colour, race or religion”.
Tensions sometimes surface, and the media does not always help. Differences are highlighted; the worst offenders are those who add fuel to the flames. Rather than resolving differences, tolerance is championed as the appropriate response to varying perspectives that have emerged.
Yet tolerance has no healing or cohesive power in society. It means little more than leaving one another alone. It leads to indifference, not understanding.
Tolerance allows the gulf between people to remain in place. In fact, there is little in the concept of tolerance to pull people away from racial isolation.
Dr King who died for his cause did not speak in times of tolerance, his ideal was love.
“Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Dr King said it is through love that we can all overcome racial strife. The kind of love is tough love, one that confronts wrong and injustice with the truth.
At Broadway whatever our heritage; in our dealings with each other we should remember to use the acronym THINK.
T – is it true?
H – is it helpful?
I – is it inspiring?
N – is it necessary?
K – is it kind?
Our children, our community, believe it can be done.
Mr R. Skelton