Monday, January 16, 2017

A Martin Luther King Jr Day message from Bishop E. W. Jackson

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said: "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Today we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, and join in his dream. The nation takes a day off to reflect on how far we’ve come since the civil rights movement. I ask you also to join me in reflecting on the racial divisions that persist to this day, which are often exacerbated by politicians cynically stirring up resentment and malice. 
It is time that we reject the language of division and embrace a new culture of unity. As we honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., let's continue his legacy by committing ourselves to do away with "hyphenated American" terms. We need to stop categorizing each other by skin color and race. Let us cease calling ourselves Native-American, African-American, Hispanic-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, Jewish-American, Asian-American, or any other ethnic or national bifurcation.
We are Americans.

STAND is launching a petition asking our government to also adopt unifying practices. It is time for the government to stop asking citizens their ethnic background or race. Those questions should be removed from every state, federal and local form. Race should be irrelevant when applying for school, a loan, a job, or filling out a census form. Let's stop racial division and no longer require such information from citizens.
Please take a moment to sign the petition. In doing so you are pledging to stop using "hyphenated American" terms, and you are asking your government to do the same. 
For God and Country, 
Bishop E.W. Jackson
P.S. You can read my recently published article on this topic here at 
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