Saturday, August 28, 2010

47 Years After Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" Speech: Where Do We Stand?

Today is the 47th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's soaring "I Have a Dream" speech. He stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave, what many call, the greatest speech of all time.

As we listen to his words today, think of the progress we have made, but think of the progress we still have to make. If you don't think we still have progress to make, consider that the poster of the speech on YouTube had to shut down the comments because of racist and hurtful comments. I've seen them, too, on other postings of the speech.

We live in a polarizing society today, still. Sure, the opportunities have changed, and we have made progress. We still aren't to full realization of Dr. King's dream, still. That's why the dream will live on.

P.S.-I'm not even going to address Glenn Beck's stunt. Ok...there, I just did.


Anonymous said...

Much progress has been made, however much needs to be done.

There is a recognition that black leadership must change with the election of President Obama. It started with Bill Cosby's speech to the NAACP, followed by truthful comedy from Chris Rock and books from black thought leaders Juan Williams and Karen Hunter. The culture of victimhood needs to end and be replaced with a culture of self empowerment, personal responsibility, education attainment, and full integration, not separate but equal.

Only then will his children 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.

Anonymous said...

What is the reason Indianapolis African Americans are more likely to not have a high school, let alone a college education than the rest of the population after over 50 years since the Brown vs Board of Education?

What is the reason the majority of African Americans don't grow up in a two parent homes?

Local black leadership has failed the community by setting expectations way too low and institutionalizing white guilt industry as the sole means of getting ahead.

It's time for the community to be better parents, achieve a good education, and get into other peoples business to get everyone to hold up their end of the bargain made over 50 years ago.

Marycatherine Barton said...

The revered Dr. Martin Luther King, was also vehemently opposed to the USA attacking impoverished third world countries, raining bombs on Vietnam, and broke with President Johnson and Congress over their foreign policy. He lambasted the horrid waste of resources on militarism instead of humanitarism.