Dr. Martin Luther King’s 87th Birthday was last Friday, and yesterday was the official holiday in the US celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King.
I was reading his “I Have a Dream” speech and couldn’t help but dwell on the portion “I have a dream
that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of
their skin but by the content of their character.” Has Dr. King’s dream been fulfilled? Would he be happy with what’s happening in America now?
After reading his speech, many questions and thoughts started orbiting in my head. I couldn’t help but wonder, has Dr. King’s dream been fulfilled? Would he be happy with how America is today? America has changed dramatically from what life was like in 1963. I think the most obvious is that America’s first African American president was elected and almost finishing up his second term. I might not agree with President Obama’s politics, but he is an example to everyone of how working hard and setting goals will get you to where you want. Another item of change would be that there is diversity all around. Major cities have become melting pots of different cultures and religion. There are different races in all different professions, but sadly I think it ends there. The tolerance for the different colors, cultures, and religion is missing.
For a man whose life work was dedicated to civil rights and used “non-violent resistance” tactic, it
would be painful to read about all what’s happening these days. The cases of Trayvon Martin in Florida, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Tamir Rice in Cleveland; and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Sandra Bland in Texas, the Indian grandfather who was paralyzed in Alabama, the girl being pulled and dragged out of her desk in South Carolina. I am sure there is many more, but their names weren’t in the news so we have no idea. Racial profiling and abuse by the police has become a national topic of talk. I know there is a gray area in all this, but I just can’t understand how all this is happening. Has this always been happening and not publicized because of social media?
As a person of color (yes brown girl writing to you), it sickens me that in 2016, blacks and whites are
treated differently. It’s wrong that depending on your skin color you will be judged. It makes me sad
that the dream of Dr. King, to be judged by your character and not by color has not been fulfilled 63
years after his speech.