Richard Wright, author of Invisible Man, said, “The worst I’ve ever been treated is when I told the truth.” If we speak the truth we will encounter resistance and may be beaten up by people we thought we could trust. However, living in America today means we ought to persevere in the hope that all men—each one of us– can be judged, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. As men, the color of our skin does not matter– we are all equal in God’s eyes.
As you take time today to reflect on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I invite you to listen to this remarkable—and funny– 35-minute interview with Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The woman interviewing him has a distinctive point of view which may surprise you. It surprised me and made me laugh.
The United States has come a long way since its founding. We should be thankful that the Founding Fathers of our great nation built into our country’s framework the ability to fix what is flawed as we– as united Americans striving to achieve Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision– continue on this remarkable, historic American journey.