Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech has stood the test of time, and we think it always will.
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be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…”
“Let freedom ring…”
“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
“Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?
Okay, to be fair, that last one was Seuss. But still.
It’s been a long time since King delivered that speech…
…and the world has changed quite a lot.
But… are blacks “free at last,” as he hoped?
Is his dream now a reality? Or are we still in the process of waking up?
One big point in the “reality” column is that we have now elected a black president.
Not only that… but we’ve re-elected a black president.
So seemingly we didn’t just vote Obama into office as a social experiment.
The fact that a majority of the country… however slim… is willing to have a black
man lead our country…
…seems to indicate that the ugly veil of racism has been lifted… at least somewhat.
But does that mean there aren’t others who are still hanging onto a racist agenda?
Will King’s dream not become reality until our nation is 100 percent bigot-free?
Most people are pretty good about not hating… redheads, for example.
But we’re sure there is a small segment of crazy out there who are forming “I Hate
Ginger” clubs as we speak. Does that mean that our nation isn’t truly
free as long as there is even the tiniest bit of irrational hate bubbling below the
surface? Or… are we not nearly as close as we think
True, black Americans have numerous opportunities that they did not have 50 years ago…
…and they can hold many positions of authority that were previously off-limits…
…but hate crimes still abound. There are still daily reports of racism-fueled
acts of violence…
…and even non-minorities who claim that they “don’t see color” may still harbor
some degree of subconscious prejudice. So… are “little black boys and black girls
free to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters
…as King hoped? Does our election of a black president prove
that we’ve cleared the divide?
Are a small percentage of haters ruining it for the rest of us?
Or is the world King dreamed of… still something of a nightmare?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.