“I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (August 28, 1963)
Reflecting on the “I Have a Dream” speech, given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in August of 1963, makes a person wonder what he would think of the race baiting that is going on today, in the United States of America. Would he have supported Al Sharpton and the others who called for the death of George Zimmerman, and Mr. Obama’s “If I had a son he would look like Travon”? Or would he have asked people to stay calm and let justice take its course. Would he have supported those who riot when police officers shoot a black person (whether it is justifiable or not) or would he, like the mother of a man wrongly killed by the police, ask the people to “Please, stop the killing”?
It only takes a couple minutes of research to find the answer to these questions. Dr. King did not support such violence as a means to the fulfillment of his dream. From the same speech comes this quote:
“But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
“The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.”
It is quite clear from this passage that Dr. King would be greatly disappointed in the conduct of certain very prominent persons and the media.
I share the dream of Dr. King. I pray for the day when all people of all races see each other as equals, with none entitled to any privilege not available to others. Prejudice comes from all sides and until we all put aside our mistrust it will remain with us. As a child I had no knowledge of racism, my dad was in the Air Force and it was not tolerated. Black children just had a better tan than I did, they were neither less than nor more than I. This is still the belief I hold and I have a dream that one day it will be the reality for all.
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