So as of today it’s now exactly half a century since Martin Luther King expressed his dream that his four children would one day live in a world where they would be judged not by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
Half a century since he expressed the idea that character is all; that skin colour is just something you're born with; that recognition of that fact should not be just a Dream.
So how are we doing after half a century? Have we reached that day?
Looking around me just in this country—looking around at race-based law, race-based preference, race-based settlements, race-based “cogovernance” arrangements, race-based quotas, race-based seats and race-based political parties—I can only say, “I wish.”
50 years later, even to talk about the dream of one law for all is to see yourself branded as something you’re not. It seems clear that, as Thomas Bowden says,
we still need to focus on the proper antidote to racism and the proper alternative to racial thinking: individualism. We need to teach our children and all our citizens to look beyond the superficialities of skin colour and to judge people on what really matters, namely, "the content of their character."
Could we make a start today?