Dr King’s Dream 50 Years Later Not Yet Realized


Martin Luther King was undoubtedly a visionary.  His desire for full equality through non-violent protest should be an example that transcends nations and history.  It’s truly a disgrace that so recently in our country’s past an entire group of people were discriminated against, simply because of their color.  It’s sickening actually.  I was not yet born when Dr. King gave his “I Have A Dream” Speach but I learned about it from grammar school through College.  It’s difficult to imagine what black people, a community of Americans who simply wanted a piece of the American Dream went through.  I can no more imagine that, than I can what a concentration camp survivor experienced. Black children attending segregated schools, forced to drink out of separate fountains and to sit in the back of the bus.  It’s almost incomprehensible to people born post 1970.  Fifty years later the country has forged ahead.  But despite the tremendous change, none more evident than the fact our President is black, so much more needs to be accomplished.  And this time it’s not simply the fault of the white, ruling, elitists.  The black community must bare some of the blame.  According to NPR, “more than four decades ago, a controversial report was released by the government that warned the black family was in danger. It stated that one out of four black children were born out-of-wedlock. Recent figures suggest that now almost 70 percent of black children are born out-of-wedlock.” That is the main ingredient in the recipe for poverty. This cannot be blamed on anyone else and black leaders must stare at this startling figure and reassess what’s happening.  While Rap music can not entirely be to blame, it did absolutely nothing to help the plight of the average black person and perhaps set back the black community by years.  It’s a useless form of creativity.  It’s interesting to note that many of the conditions in the projects were created by the very same people who went on to rap about them. Rap music simply made a very few rappers very rich.  Why hasn’t the billions of dollars made from it, found its way back to the neighborhoods from which it was born?  Fifty years ago, when Dr King made his historic speech, black unemployment was double that of white unemployment.  Today the ratio remains exactly the same.  The difference now is, some of it is systemic and some of it must clearly lie at the feet of the black community.  To deny this would simply be tragic denial.  Colleges and Universities seek out minorities of all colors to offer scholarship money.  Companies recruit minority students in an attempt to diversify.  In short, opportunities are available to those who wish to take advantage of them.  It’s evident by the ever-increasing diversity in the workplace but we are still not yet there.  That final push towards full equality must be driven by the black community.  There are more skilled jobs available than people to fill the positions.  Opportunity is out there.  It’s simply waiting for people to take advantage of it.

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