Sunday, April 4, 2010

Respect & Diversity

Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said “ I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Five years later, on April 4th 1968 , he was assassinated.

Today the majority of hate crimes still occur in The United States due to issues relating to race, gender, religion and sexuality. And to honor Dr. King and his life and work, we are devoting this, our fourteenth week of What You Can Do, to Respect and Diversity.

We did our best to reach out to organizations in our country who are continuing the message of respect over hate, and who are working to reverse the prejudices that still plague our society. Of course there are many amazing organizations that we were not able to spotlight, but in the course of our research these were some of our favorites.

I don’t know what it is in us that makes us hate. Or what it is in us that makes us so afraid of things that are different or run separate from ourselves. And I know that one web series will not be the answer to ebbing a sometimes overwhelming tide of prejudice and fear. But like Dr. King, I believe that the first step in stopping an injustice is in bringing attention to it and offering an alternative.

I hope that these videos would have made him proud.

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