From many one
Posted on Monday, April 02nd 2012 at 11:00 am
I think many of us are concerned about the flames of racial division that are being fanned because of the Trayvon Martin story. There are some that want to continue to beat the drum that America is a racist nation. I thought we were getting close to achieving what Martin Luther King yearned for; that our nation would be a place where people were judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin It seems we are further away from becoming a nation of many that become one (as our defacto motto E Pluribus Unum calls for), united as our states are with common values and purpose. We are instead becoming more a nation divided by race, class, education and gender. Those of you that are married know that marriage is not without its' challenges. A couple that says they have never had a fight haven't been together very long. Going through those rough spots make the marriage stronger if we learn and grow through them. But, if every time there is a spat you bring up past sins and fail to see progress, the marriage is destined for failure. That is where I see our nation. Yes, we have had a history of racism, but we have made progress. Ignoring the progress and viewing our current situation through the prism of the past will destine our nation to failure.
It is also significant that we are having a discussion about racial profiling. The issue really isn't about racial profiling it is about profiling in general. Gang members, meth addicts, sexual predators and serial killers can be profiled, and I think should be. Israel leads the way in profiling because they know that those that want to kill them are Islamists. I remember when I was a college student driving by UNM in Albuquerque with some friends. A police officer pulled up beside me and observed me with and 3 other long hairs in a vehicle with smoke billowing out of the windows, he heard Led Zeppelins Mothership (8 track) blaring out of my Jensen 3 way speakers and Craig power amplifier. He profiled us and pulled us over. Thankfully we had nothing left in the car so we weren't arrested. But, I wrote a college paper about how unfair it was that cops assumed that long haired hippie types were dope smoking law breakers.
Our eyes make it possible to observe the different colors, shapes and sizes of the people that we meet. Our hearts determine how what we see is processed. The diversity of race, nationality, and cultural backgrounds is a wonderful thing, so long as we who are many become one.