Dreams That Come True
Racism has been called the “original sin” of our country. In 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the slave Dread Scott was his owner’s property. It wasn’t long after that our country fought a war over it. In 1870, the 15th Amendment established that one’s race could not disqualify one from voting. In 1965 the Voter Rights Act attempted to clear away the obstacles still in place for African – American voters, just years after Martin Luther King JR. spoke these words on the Capital Mall – “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal…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.”
Last Tuesday, the United States elected Barack Obama as its 44th president. It seems dreams do come true. Many conservatives who wail and gnash there teeth at the outcome because they focus narrowly & exclusively on a few issues are missing the significance of the moment that is both historical and redemptive. I say all this as someone who is not able to supprt or vote for either major political party. The next president has his work cut out for him as he cleans up after the worst presidential administration in the last 100 years. Yet, not so far under the surface, we still have a race problem and the next 4 years will put our progress to the test. Gun sellers report an upswing in sales. Prayer is required.