2015-01-16 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

As we prepare to celebrate the life of one of the greatest Americans who ever lived, I’d like to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. You know, the one where he talks about his children being judged by the content of their character, and not by the color of their skin. As children growing up, we are taught about the struggles of the Civil Rights Era, a dark time in our country's history because black men were being lynched and hung from trees. It was a time when crosses were being burned and men in white hoods owned the night. When “whites only” signs were commoncontinued place and black people rode in the back of the bus. This is the backdrop of racial injustice in which a preacher from Georgia captivated the nation with a message of nonviolence and acts of civil disobedience.

As we fast forward to 2015, I question how much of Dr. King’s dream has become a reality. We are still dealing with the issues of race and equal rights 50 years later. When white police officers are murdering unarmed black men across the country and our legislative branch of government is made up of over 80 percent white people. Furthermore, schools are more segregated than they were 50 years ago, so I ask what happened to that dream. What happen to the movement that brought attention to black people being attacked by dogs and the mountains of hurdles they faced for just trying to vote?

I have come to the sad conclusion that Dr. King’s speech was and will remain only a dream. I watched an interesting interview on Sunday morning with the descendants of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Scherer, the Mississippi Civil Rights workers murdered in 1964.

They raised a number of good arguments, but what I derived from their conversation is whether or not our country was ever designed to extend equal rights and treatment to all people. Yes, we have made some baby steps in the right direction, but the road to equality is long and may never be reached in my lifetime. What do you think about Dr. King's dream and how it is being played out? Email me at shiverswave@gmail.com, and continue to read The Wave.

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