Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Dream of a Color-Blind Society

I occasionally read and hear some folks arguing that the line in Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" Speech where he dreams that his children would "be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" means that the *means* of acheiving racial harmony is the "color-blindness" he describes.

The point is to have a color-blind society *after* healing the wounds of slavery and racism. *Then* King’s dream of a truly color-blind society will have been fulfilled. He was not proposing that as the means, but the dreamed-for end toward which we all should work.

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