“Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe. But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him.

His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.”

Genesis 37:3-4, 8 NLT

It seems that dreamers are still under attack even 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated for His dream of an America that embraced all of its citizens equally and provided economic justice.

Donald Trump’s support for comprehensive immigration reform during a White House meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers amid tense negotiations over a budget deal and the fate of Dreamers, the nearly 700,000 beneficiaries of an Obama-era program known as DACA that protects immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. Trump rescinded the program and gave Congress until March to find a legislative fix.

We march to remember the legacy of our King who had a dream. Dr. King was a drum major for justice. He dreamed of an America where people would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. He dreamed of a country where poverty would be eliminated. He dreamed of a country that would one day remove barriers that continued to foster racism and create conditions that led to separate and unequal. The American government was threatened by that dream and had him assassinated and then built him a statue as if they had nothing to do with his death.

You must understand that people are still threatened by dreamers. Whenever you see a future that threatens the power base of those who are benefiting from the oppression of others you become a threat and public enemy #1!

Joseph was the favorite child of his father because he was born to him in his old age. He was only 17 but he had dreams where God showed him the role he would play in the liberation of his people. But the only thing his brothers could see in the dream was that their younger brother would rule over them. They hated him for a few reasons.

1.  They hated him because he was his father’s favorite. Jacob loved Joseph because his first love Rachael had such a hard time giving birth to him. They didn’t think they would ever have a child. Joseph came after all his other brothers. Jesus said, “The last shall be first and the first shall be last.” When God reverses the pecking order it upsets those who were in the front of the line. When minorities or immigrants start advancing it makes those in power upset. We are all related but we hate our brothers that are our father favorites. The whole strategy of demeaning minorities with racial epithets is to diminish the favor they found with the father.

2. They hated Joseph because he held them accountable. Joseph would tell his father when his brothers were not on their job. Dr. King became a threat when he chastised America for the war in Vietnam and when he started the poor people’s campaign. When we speak truth to power it could lead to hate. Jesus said that if they hated me they will hate you also.

3. They hated him because of his dream. Joseph had a dream that his brothers would one day bow down to him. Their response was visceral. “You think that you are going to be king over us?!” Little did they know that his dream would come true and one day they would have to bow the knee to their little brother. They sold him into slavery but years later God put Joseph in charge in Pharaoh’s Kingdom so that he could save his people from economic disaster.

What America meant for Dr. King’s evil has turned out for our good. They tried to kill the dream but they couldn’t stop the dreamers. There is more than a million dreamers that will get to the promised land and the trajectory of this country will swing toward justice for all!

Dear God,

Help us to realize the dream of Dr. King for an America free of racism and economic oppression. Help us to fight for immigration reform, living wages, criminal justice reform, and a movement for poor people. We will not rest until his dream is a reality. We will not rest until every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

In Jesus’ Name,