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Point of view Oct.12, 1995


Overton Love Turner II

"Dr. king dreamed of an America where every man would be judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin."

The news media have reported on all the strife in the Los Angeles Police Department. It makes one uneasy to think that those we look to for protection are themselves fighting each other and destroying the efficiency of their mandate. It is all racial strife. Race is not going away. You and I and every other American not only will live with this problem every day, but will live with it the rest of our lives. I do not know about our posterity; they may wake up and see race for the myth it is.

The poet Robert Frost put it this way:

That's a hard mystery of Jefferson's.
What did he mean?
Of course the easy way
Is to decide it really isn't true,
It may not be, I heard a fellow say so.
But never mind, that
Welshman got it planted
Where it will trouble us a thousand years.

It is a myth. I was reading a science magazine and a leading scientist wrote, "Race is based on pigment, and pigment is only skin deep." Once you break through the pigment, every human is the same. We have the same brain, the same senses, the same lungs and heart, the same guts, and we procreate in the same way. What is so terrible about this is that we create so much strife and bloodshed over a myth. It has no substance, and yet we use it to dehumanize people who, except for pigment, are just like us. Race is a striving against air.

This nation in 1861-64 killed more than 2,813,363 million men. It was a waste, most of them died for a myth. This does not account for all the dead due to mobs and the Ku Klux Clan since 1864. Nor those executed in prisons mainly because of pigment. We live and die by our myth, and are therefore fools.

Mr. Jefferson's mystery is really self-evident. When Jesus said, "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his life?" He was saying that every man's life has the same value since the value is absolute. It cannot be exchanged. Without life I cannot create or enjoy anything; all my potentiality for being in the world depends on having life, and on being accepted by the people already in the world. Every person, in respect to his being, is an inviolable person. This is a self-evident truth. No man can prove his life is more valuable than another man's life: equal value, yes; more value, no.

This is a self-evident truth, and the Founding Fathers said that upon this truth America would be built. My, my, we still have our work cut out. Our equality is not a myth; it can be established by logic and common sense. Pigment is the myth, and it can be established by science and common sense. All thinking and civilized people accept this truth.

The big question is: When are we going to stop dehumanizing our brothers and sisters over a stupid myth?
Do not you think it is about time?

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