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My name is Stephen Scalf. I had the good fortune of growing up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky. I had the tutelage of the most wonderful Grandparents and Parents you could ever wish for. Was my childhood perfect? No way. But the adversities I faced made me more aware of the world around me. And the good people of Eastern Kentucky taught me to value a man based on your actions rather then the color of your skin.

COLOR was born during one particular radio news cast in which the announcer told a story of a Middle Eastern immigrant being attacked and that the attack was purely racially motivated. Not a robbery…just pure malicious hatred of another man due to his race. That one particular incident made me start thinking about all the racially motivated atrocities that have occurred throughout world history. Israel, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Rhodesia, American Indians, the holocaust, slavery in America….The list goes on and on. When does it stop? Will it ever stop? It can and it will, if we as Christians join together. Jesus teaches us to love one another. Not hate our brothers and sisters because of our skin tone.

I believe that all of God’s children deserve the right to be treated as equals. No matter your race, creed, color, sex, political alliance, sexual preference, etc. We are all children of God. Only he can judge us of any wrongdoings and pass down judgment accordingly.

"Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who do such things. Do you suppose, O man, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume upon the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not know that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed." (Romans 2:1-5)
"So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the Law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12)
"Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back." (Luke 6:36-38)

There are individuals that will doubt my integrity and motivation for COLOR but my vision of COLOR is nothing more than hope. Hope for a better world for my child, and all children.  A world in which color only exist on an artist’s pallet and not used to gauge the worth of another human being. Judgment will come to us all someday. My hope is that when I stand before my maker, and he happens to be of a different shade of skin, that he does not judge me the way some have judged others in history.

Stephen Scalf