I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being—neither white, black, brown, or red.

Malcolm X

To most of us, what Malcolm X referred to in his autobiography could take place only in an ideal world. And certainly American society is still a long way from joining hands and singing “Kumbaya” together. Nevertheless, we of African descent must remember that being proud of our African heritage means at least trying to live up to the highest ideals of our traditions. That means supplanting falsehood with truth, not other falsehoods; it means supplanting intolerance with tolerance, not further intolerance. It means that we try our best, using the guideposts of our great heritage, to make a better world.

Call to Action:  On this day, I will take five minutes to think about negative stereotypes or antagonisms I may hold about other ethnic groups. I will reflect upon whether these feelings are helping me accomplish my own goals or are contributing to my overall happiness.

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