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March  2006

Upon learning of the death of Coretta Scott King, I was reminded of the time when I crossed paths with her while in Hartsville Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.  

At that time, I knew that discrimination was wrong.  But, I had never experienced it so I must honestly admit that on that day, I did not fully understand the real significance of Mrs. King's mission in life.   As I have become older and wiser, I have learned the deep meaning of this terrible sin.

Upon reaching age 50, I quickly learned that many employers exclude older workers from hiring consideration by simply placing their resume' in the trash bin. Now I understand how it feels to be treated like a second class citizen  because it has happened to many of my friends and it has happened to me!  

Although I am not one of them, many workers find it necessary to start their social security benefit at age 62.   This means they receive less income than would be received if they could wait until their full retirement age but they need the income now!  In addition, these same individuals often need to continue working to supplement social security.

What is so sad and so ridiculous is that Uncle Sam places a cap on the amount of time these laborers can work without a penalty.  If the employee exceeds that time, some earnings will have to be paid back to the government. And so, once again, discrimination against the older worker occurs.

And, the marriage penalty still slams seniors.  That's because the thresholds for taxing Social Security income for married couples are only slightly higher than the thresholds for singles.  An effort was made about five years ago to adjust the income thresholds to inflation, but the bills died in committee.

I am also amazed at how many television programs and advertisements have been designed for the younger citizens while excluding our older population.  It is a known fact that those with power who work in the entertainment arena are some of the most obvious contributors to age discrimination.  

Remember Bert Parks?  For many years, he was the Master of Ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, that is until he became too old and was booted out!   (As a footnote to this true story, the pageant has failed miserably in recent years to keep a satisfactory viewer rating.  Do you suppose this is because what you sow is what you reap?   What goes around does come around!)

I truly wish I could replay the few moments I was with Coretta Scott King.  I would tell her that although I am a white male who has never come close to slavery, I believe I have a much better understanding of her passion for eradicating the terrible sin of discrimination.   I would also tell her that discrimination simply based on one's color would have to be even more degrading to a human being than anything I have experienced!

It continues to amaze me that, because of our sins, our Creator has the best reason to discriminate against all humans and yet He never inflicts this upon us on this earth.  To the contrary, the CROSS reminds us that our heavenly father is a God of inclusion not exclusion because he wants all of us to be with him eternally!   (If any person goes to hell, it is he or she who has excluded themselves from Heaven NOT their creator!)

In Verse 34 of Acts 10, Peter states an understanding of this truth when he says,  "....I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right."

Yet, in this brief existence on earth, one human will intentionally use discrimination to inflict pain and suffering upon another individual.  What a shame!  What a disgrace to our society!

(For more insight into discrimination in the workplace, read my book A Worker Need Not Be Ashamed and other newsletters on this web site which are concerned with this subject.)

In the meantime, Worker Ministries extends our condolences to all of those in Mrs. King's family who mourn her passing.

Her life and the life of her husband serve as an example for all workers.  After you have found your calling, never give up!  Become a champion for your cause because a major reason for age discrimination is that there is no leader like Mrs. King working on behalf of older American workers.

Regardless of your life's work, do your very best in serving humanity.   Persevere until the very end so that, like the Apostle Paul and like Coretta Scott King, you can truly say, "I have run the good race"!

Very truly yours

Jim Hogsett, President/Founder; Worker Ministries and Writer for Guideposts Magazine