As we celebrate Martin Luther King day this weekend, this week’s Soul Food for Friday focuses on quotes that overcome prejudice. As Dr. King said in his “I Have a Dream” speech, “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.” May that dream still come true and be true in our nation and our world.
“Prejudice has to be worked out young or it will be with you all your life. Sometimes I catch myself [discriminating], stop myself, think back to the third grade and remember what it was like to be put down.” — Sue Ginder Rolland
“A prejudice is a judgment you make about somebody before you really know that person.” — Timothy George
“Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” — Mark Twain
“Prejudice is the child of ignorance.” — William Hazlitt
“It is never too late to give up our prejudices.” — Henry David Thoreau
“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them.” — Edward R. Murrow
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
“To overcome prejudice, we can boldly speak against it and teach our children total intolerance for it. We can get to know one another; when we do so, the stereotypes that impede relationships will fall away. Finally, we can express regret to others for past prejudicial sins and ask God to forgive us and change our thinking.” — Beth Moore
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” — Maya Angelou
“It could be said that just about anyone we encounter is our neighbor, but it especially applies to those we would be least likely to love.” — Leith Anderson
“Enemies are made, not born.” — More of … The Best of BITS & PIECES
“The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour into it, the more it will contract.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
“You have never looked in the eyes of someone who does not matter to God.” — Bill Hybels
What keeps Dr. King’s dream alive in your life?