The concept of race is no longer the automatic boundary it once was — even if we still have not completely achieved the point where people are judged not by their skin color but rather by the content of their character. The efforts and achievements of King and countless others have not only made it possible for Barack Obama to become the first black President of the United States, yet in addition made remarkable windows for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, and essentially anybody who had already been given a check that has, as King put it, “come back marked ‘insufficient funds.'” For that progress, we have Dr. King to give gratitude for.
He turned the wave of history in just 13 brief years before being cut down by an assassin at just 39. He did so not through restraint and coercion, but rather influence and persuasion — by nonviolently and peacefully asserting a moral authority that forced America to go up against both its past and its present.Today, we seek to put into practice many of the principles for which the Civil Rights leaders advocated by purposely enlisting the finest individuals regardless of their race, gender, age or sexual orientation, so that individuals of numerous types can have the chance to build their own American dream. For many Americans, Dr. King’s most legendary speech is both profoundly inspirational and deeply personal. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream Speech” was charred into the intellects of thousands of people. He spoke in the desires of solidifying a destiny for African-Americans and passing on the meaning of equality amongst all men and women. “…the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination,” King said.
Nowadays, we are seeing less segregation than before but it’s still prevalent in the public eye today. Although these words were declared over 50 years ago, it’s bizarre and relatively frightening to read this command of language and realize how accurate King’s words were about today’s society.King devotedly stated: “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.” This expression is the merciless truth of our way of living — not that much has evolved in more than fifty years.
It’s terrifying to think that although time has elapsed, ancient fears have not faded. In recent years, we have been tormented by the killings of blameless black men by white police officers. African Americans are still disadvantaged and discriminated against in many parts of the nation. Places of worship and country clubs still have—spoken or unspoken—”Whites-only” membership policies.
These were not part of Dr. King’s dream. For many African Americans, Dr. King’s dream is still an incomprehensible hope. If King somehow happened to be alive today, I figure he would be disheartened by the various wars that have happened and by the fact that more than one million Americans have died by gun violence since he himself was shot and killed in Memphis on April 4, 1968. And moreover, he would be very forthright and sincere about how some Americans treat foreigners, and our powerlessness to see their trouble as great civil rights issues of our time. It’s enlightening to perceive the amount King’s words resonate within the domains of today’s society.
We came to the realization that his words have helped improve the present conditions but we still have yet far to advance. With any luck, we can take these words truthfully and concrete the change that King wanted so long ago today.