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Steve Kubby on Equality


Bring Peace To Our Rich, Melting-Pot Heritage

"The Negro's great stumbling block is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom." -Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham jail, April 16, 1963

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." -Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963

Steve and Michele Kubby share many of the powerful, intelligent principles of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. They especially embrace the ideas he espoused leading up to the march, before politicians got into the act. The two ideas expressed above fit exceptionally well at any gathering of Libertarians.

Today's debate about the diversity of our country is one driven by extremes. There are voices on the extreme right that want to build a wall on our border to the south. To keep out people of color, they want to erect a barrier that the communists in East Berlin would have envied. Their idea of a melting pot is to assimilate everybody into a single, lock-step culture. They believe people who won't assimilate must be kept out. Meanwhile, voices on the extreme left want to bring about their version of racial utopia by forcing everybody to live the way they see fit. Forced busing, forced integration, and forced anti-hate measures are the tools they use, usually getting bad results they never intended.

An entire industry has grown up around strife in America. Today's "affirmative action" debate is just one example. While minority enrollments dropped at many California colleges and universities after voters repealed racial preferences, the proportion of minority students who completed school and graduated went up. A fact for every side, one might suggest. Restoring racial preferences won't solve the real problem.

The real problem is that the public education system fails our most needy children. It fails to prepare poor and minority children for higher learning. Racial preferences are a quick fix by politicians interested in appearances. When minority college enrollments were artificially high, nobody was supposed to suggest that public education failed these vulnerable students. Now, the truth is painfully obvious.

You and I have to reject the extremes of left and right. We have the power to make a big difference that will help people get along better and live more prosperous lives, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or creed. It's time to look at each individual's character. Any society that asks government to divide people into separate groups, with separate laws, is headed for disaster. If we want a more peaceful society, we must learn to judge people by the content of their character. Not by some classification established by politicians.

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