Clearly, that day is not yet here.
King’s message was foremost a positive one, appealing to our better nature, our common humanity and the duty we owed one another. He sought not to tear down one group of people for the benefit of another but to lift us all up together.
Civil rights legislation has made all kinds of racial discrimination illegal. These have been important advances for our society, not to be underestimated. But unfortunately, some still have quite a way to go to eradicate the hatred that resides in their hearts.
This weekend is a good time to reflect on Dr. King’s dream, as expressed in his 1963 address, that one day, “we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope,” and that “with this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”
We’re not there yet -- there’s still too much jangling discord to say we have a symphony. But at least we’re starting to get in tune.