Many have no knowledge of what the Critical Race Theory (CRT) is. Others are absorbed in it. Many are passive about it, others are zealot defenders of it. Some avoid negative reference to it for fear of the reaction. Many defenders of it aggressively attack opponents.

One major negative about it is it is directly opposed to what Martin Luther King, Jr. built his life’s work on. CRT divides the populace on the basis of skin color. Martin Luther summed up his aspiration in his “I have a dream” speech: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” I personally always have shared that dream. May that dream yet be fulfilled.

Historically when socialism has caused a revolution it has begun its efforts by dividing the people. There are many national examples of this. Currently socialists in America highly favor the principal. CRT tends to do this proposing the color of one’s skin predetermines a person’s role in life. This is precisely what Martin Luther King Jr. was fighting against.

In the beginning of the emergence of Marxist Socialists take over of a nation it has begun by erasing the nation’s history, undermining confidence in the essential documents of the nation, and ultimately the overthrow of the government. That is not an opinion, it is history.

CRT in diversity training includes a variety of gender theories and sex education for children as young as 8 years old. These are diversity factors that tend to divide society.

America is a heterogenous society. Such is the easiest to divide. There was a day America was once proudly referred to as a melting pot. That implies becoming one, melting together. Catalysts must be found to achieve that today.

A long time ago there was a person who shared with us such a principle and summed it up succinctly: “Love one another....” Can we become such a culture? Yes, we can. We are diverse, but not as much as Jesus’ Apostles with questionable backgrounds: Peter given to temper fits, Simon, a Zealot, intent of killing Romans, James and John given to personal interests, Thomas inclined to be overly inquisitive, and Matthew a thieving tax collector. If they could and did love one another, so can we.

Can our community become an oasis typifying such? Yes, we can. Think big! We can be an example to the nation and help achieve healing in the land.

We must learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Some disparage those with whom they disagree by attacking their character, impugning their motive, assaulting their mentality, and deriding them totally. Those who know their position is defenseless are most guilty of this.

Most of us share in common a desire not to be judged on the color of our skin, but by our character. I have many friends I admire and have loved for a long time who are black. Black is beautiful, so is white. Red, and yellow, brown and bronze, black and white, they are precious in His sight — and mine.

To have a better life, make better choices. Among my collection of favorite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. this is my most favorite: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Me, too. That is a very good choice.

The Rev. Dr. Nelson L. Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta.

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Oliver Halle

Since you mentioned MLK and seem aligned with him in his thinking, were you also aligned with MLK during the Civil Rights movement or were you one of the unnamed ministers MLK referred to in his "Letter From a Birmingham Jai?" (In that letter King challenged southern preachers who advocated going slow on giving Blacks their full rights under the Constitution.) Did you ever preach a sermon in the 1960s that denounced Jim Crow laws, that denounced segregation? If so, do you have a copy of that sermon(s) available for public reading?

Allie Bradford

If you have evidence that Pastor Price ever preached a sermon like that, present it. Otherwise your comments is just an obscene attempt at a smear.

Roger Hines

Oliver, you don't know this man. If you did you would never question his character in such an insidious way as you have here. So mean and so sad.

Oliver Halle

I asked legitimate questions. You can read into them as you like. Surely the Rev. Price has every sermon he ever wrote. Why not make them public? I recall a private conversation you and I had, which would seem to belie your comment. I would not refer to it but for your personal attack on me with direct reference to our conversation. I was in Georgia from 1963-65 and saw and experienced first hand the Jim Crow laws and segregation. I also recall how reviled and hated MLK was at the time in the Deep South. So many who denounced him at the time must have found religion since then in how they find him relevant today. Sort of like the conservatives who found ways to avoid the draft, to avoid participating in a war they claim today to have supported.

Allie Bradford

It's apparent you think it's okay to infer someone has done despicable things unless they can prove they didn't. Shame on you.

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