It's been more than three decades since Martin Luther King Jr.'s life was snuffed out by an assassin's bullet. But the bullet that ended his life could not kill his message of passive resistance, brotherhood and equality from echoing across the nation.
Today his message continues its journey into our hearts and minds. We urge parents to make sure their sons and daughters understand why they have the day off from school today. It's a day when we need to take time to consider King's words, talk about those teachings with our children and ponder whether his dream of racial equality has come true. And while kids and others may have today off from school or work, next Monday actually is the federal holiday in King's honor, so we can take that day to reaffirm the message we teach today.
In schools these days our children are mostly colorblind, as they attend classes with children of all races and ethnicities and make friends with others without race or ethnicity playing a role. That is particularly true in our Imperial Valley, where we have people of all colors and various blends. If it bothers you to be surrounded by people of color, the Imperial Valley is not the place for you, and most racists soon leave.