With a single proclamation on the 28th of August 1963, Martin Luther King joined the rank of people who took part in shaping the modern world with their words and actions. “I Have a Dream” is a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the speech was a defining moment of the civil rights movement.
The African-Americans living in the Western world and major countries where racism and deprivation of basic human rights are its peak continually state that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equality and harmony has not been fulfilled. People who say King’s dream is unfulfilled have also become less optimistic that it would ever be because of the terror that rises daily from their perpetrators. Just over half think the country can eventually reach his dream and this half constitutes mostly of individuals with Negro roots.
Wealth and selfish intentions wouldn’t be struck out as factors hindering King’s dream, also carefully noting that economic inequality and a feeling of a lack of financial progress may be contributing to the sense that King’s dream is unfulfilled. The sputtering economy has taken a toll on all Americans but has exacerbated an already wide racial “wealth gap,” with non-whites falling further behind whites in total household wealth. King’s speech pushed beyond matters of economic equality, but with such stark and growing gaps in total wealth, the dream of equality may be harder to embrace for all.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream will become reality when race isn’t what’s used to think of people as different. His dream was that everyone would be equal, and no one would be thought of as different. That won’t happen until race isn’t a big issue. If we apply for something like a job or scholarship, it asks for racial background. Why should that matter at all? I think that progress has been happening very slowly. However, there is still racism in every corner we turn to, personally or corporately. I highly doubt that racism can completely be eradicated because human mindsets are not the easiest things to alter but I solely believe that we can, to a very great extent, understand that equality is not racial and the average white man should realize that they actually wouldn’t be stained if they sit down beside a black man. Until then, King’s dream would not be realized, partially or completely. It is possible. But are you ready?
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