For decades, liberals have stirred up the emotions of the African-American community with reminders of our victimization from slavery to segregation and racism.
Yet, in the midst of all our oppression, we have always managed to rise above, and even ascend to the peaks of promise, stepping over the boulders of despair that would try to hold us back.
My grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. often quoted his mentor, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays. During his lifetime, Mays was president of Morehouse College in Atlanta. Many of the men of our family, including Daddy A.D. King and Uncle M.L. King, like Granddaddy, are "Morehouse men."
Mays would say, "No one can ride your back unless it is bent." Granddaddy always taught us to "stand up straight and walk tall because God is on our side."
When I hear Sen. Hillary Clinton or first lady Michelle Obama, or the Rev. Al Sharpton, or other leading speakers stir up memories of racial unrest and oppression, even when they are pointing up the obvious current racial overtones and undertones that blacks in America are still facing, I don't hear hope.
They don't offer solutions, only more anger, pain and despair.
As a survivor of the 20th century race wars, my back remains unbent; and I move forward for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all who were created equal in God's eyes.
In my book "King Rules," I write about the "beloved community" our legacy embraces. I write about Acts 17:26, where we discover that the human race is born of "one blood." So we are not even "separate races."
This reminds us that what Uncle M.L. said is true: "We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools."
Please someone, remind speakers like Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Clinton that the answer to racial strife and confusion, in fact to all human issues will always be love and nonviolent conflict resolution.
Kitchen table issues affect the rich and the poor alike: How will we feed our families? How will we educate our children? How will we manage successful career strategies? How will we improve our quality of life?
It doesn't matter how much we are able to pay for these benefits. The American dream is that everyone will have some form of satisfaction, free from fear of danger, poverty, and harm.
We still have a dream: the American dream.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
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