America, the said to be land of dreams, opportunities, and more importantly the free.
In America on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech, stating his plea for all races and faiths to come together to fight for their rights. Sadly, his plea is as applicable today as it was back in 1963 when many of the same injustices still apply. Discrimination is occurring, and not only for African-Americans but for minorities in general.Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, African Americans rights weren’t recognized, until 100 years later.
Today there are still Southern states that make it difficult for blacks to vote in elections. The Economic Policy states that concentration of black students is economically disadvantaged, which makes it harder for the students to fight for a better future, educationally and socially. Although there is less segregation than before it’s still common in today’s society.As a society, we have had to face a mixture of injustices in the past years, many being towards specific racial groups. Women are fighting for reproductive health and are still paid less than men.
. FBI’s HCSA report states that hate crimes were reported against African Americans, more than double of any other group. In the past two years alone, there have been a huge amount of police killings of young blacks in cities across the country.All men were NOT created equal and it’s evident today. Immigrants that come to the U.S. find it difficult to establish themselves or become a citizen. There was a special needs child who was brutally attacked because of a hateful ideal.
Then there are Native Americans who have the lowest employment rate of any racial or ethnic group in the US. It’s clear that we are still judged by the color of our skin, not by our character. Though not everyone does this it does still happen at times. There are people who are taught to hate minority groups which led to the senseless murder of innocent black lives.There is one line in King’s speech that fits almost perfectly with the present day.
King passionately stated: “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”This is the brutal truth of our reality proving that almost nothing has changed in over fifty years. It’s sad that although time has passed old problems have not disappeared, but rather have escalated into larger problems. King’s words helped changed today events we still have a long way to go. I hope we as a society take King’s words seriously and create the change he hoped for and break the stereotypical image of what we think race is and instead be open to what race could be.