Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was by far the most prominent figure in the American civil rights movement. His assassination was a horrendous American tragedy. In his most famous speech, he said, "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." These are truly beautiful words, and I couldn't agree more. Men and women should be judged by what is in their hearts not by the color of their skin.
I am a dyed-in-the-wool unashamed conservative. I do not see people as being part of any particular group. I see individuals. The way in which a person conducts himself/herself in my presence helps to mold and shape my opinion of that person. A person's morals, dignity, and work ethic are what I notice, not the color of their skin. I have genuine respect for all people. Every human being is made in the image of God. No one is more important than anyone else. Everyone has worth and a purpose.
When it comes to race relations, our nation has certainly not always been the best that it could be. Slavery and the Jim Crow era of the old segregated south are two humiliating black marks on our historical record. There is no denying it nor can we hide from it, and we shouldn't.
But with that being written, we should also acknowledge that great strides have been made in the area of race relations and civil rights. People from all backgrounds have played major roles in the struggle, including "evil" white men. There is no denying that fact either.
Unfortunately, racism in one form or another will always exist. There will be ignorant people of all races who will dislike or hate others just because they're different. And there will be fringe extremist groups such as the Aryan Brotherhood, the New Black Panthers, the Neo-Nazis, etc., that will fan the flames of hatred. However, the good people far outnumber these marginalized nutjobs, and we should all ostracize them. The power they wield is just what we have allowed them to have. We can take it away.
No one can look into another person's heart to see what is there. Only God can. But we can judge a tree by the fruit it bears. I do not know whether or not Judge Sotomayor is a racist. Only she and God knows. But I do know that she has made racist statements. If a white male judge had made similar statements from the opposite perspective, his career would hit a wall. His nomination would be dead in the water. We all know that to be true.
Judge Sotomayor's decision in the Ricci case demonstrates that race and other peripheral factors have more sway with her than the actual law. And from her testimony, it is obvious that she doesn't mind bending the truth. This is somewhat frightening when you realize that she is about to receive a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. Elections have consequences, and this is a disastrous one.
Liberals are the ones who see people and lump them into groups. They have no faith in people. Everyone is beneath them. They imagine hopelessness and despair that only they can solve through various "money pit" programs. It doesn't matter that the programs don't work. They just demonstrate how much they care by throwing other peoples' money at the problem.
Conservatives see individuals with potential. We realize that the sky is the limit for everyone who works, sets goals, and sacrifices to reach those goals. For the time being, the American dream is still alive but it won't be if our liberal leaders get their way.
Through misguided programs like affirmative action, liberals are keeping racism alive and thriving. Dr. King said what he said, and I wonder if he was still alive whether or not he could support Judge Sotomayor with a clear conscience.