Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. I had the opportunity to tour a home he grew up in Atlanta a few years ago. He had humble beginnings. He did great things. I have always been impressed with his passion and leadership while he campaigned for equal rights for all. I especially love his message of non-violence and turning the other cheek. We don't have to look far to see how relevant his speech, "I Have a Dream" still is today.
As our legislators are getting ready to go into session, no doubt that immigration will be a hot item of debate, discussion and as we already know, controversy. I hope our legislators, and us, we the the people, the little ole constituents that live, work and play in the areas they represent will keep a sense of Dr. King's dream.
I hope we can keep the debate civil. I hope if the discussion does get heated and negative rhetoric is thrown around like hot sparks, I hope we will continue NOT to judge our neighbors on the color of their skin, or the sound of their accent, but by the content of their character.
I'm not ignorant to the fact that there are real problems involving immigration. But I do know that we are also talking about real people. It is going to take some creative, thoughtful and compassionate thinking to solve a lot of the problems. I hope we can peacefully and sensibly "conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline."
I know I'm just white girl from Utah, but that is my dream too.