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Has Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream Become a National Nightmare?
By: Chip Jones on August 28, 2013
On the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, one has to ask if we have approached his dream, or been pitched into something more similar to a national nightmare. On the Washington Mall, 50 years ago today, the culmination of “the March on Washington” to demand equal rights for African Americans was a speech by the de facto leader of the civil rights movement.
Saying. “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”, Dr King went on to tell America about his dream.
This author still vividly remembers Dr. King’s words:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
And that same author remembers swelling with pride that our nation had a leader who spoke such simple, yet profound words. And on that day, and subsequent days, that author tried to live out that dream, and to make it his own. And that author remembers sitting in his parents living room, after the news was over and the television turned off, thinking about how his almost all white community had accepted “the Davis family” and how he really only saw his football teammate, Haywood Davis, as a tough & talented defensive lineman. And the same author remembers thinking that is was odd that, rather than seeing Haywood’s skin color as even an issue, he admired him, and wanted to be just like him. The dream lived.
And today, that author looks back on that evening in August of 1963 with a deep sadness in his heart, and a tear in his eyes.
We haven’t achieved Dr. King’s dream.
Instead, in our enthusiasm to make things right, fueled by a guilt for having, as a nation, made things wrong, we embarked on a social policy that has driven urban blacks into a new form of slavery, economic slavery. In our zeal to achieve Dr. King’s dream, we instead created urban plantations where enslaved black folks harvest the benefit checks held by white plantation owners. Dr King’s four children were, that day, freer than most black children in Detroit, or Chicago, or our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC are today.
For those inner city folks, Dr. King’s dream has become a nightmare of dependence and hopelessness.
But, on this 50th anniversary of some of the most inspiring words spoken in that era, let’s go back to sharing Dr. King’s dream.
Let’s set aside the liberal belief that you can “donate a person into equality.” Let’s set aside the failed notion that government can force other people to make some people free. Let’s refrain from demanding that government solve the problems of individuals, and to, instead, reassert our belief that through hard work we become better men and women.
Let’s re-energize our beliefs in the founding documents, those document so obviously respected and quoted by Dr. King, the founding documents that afford us each equality of opportunity, but then equally afford us the respect of success or failure on our own merits. Then, and only then, will we “judge a man not on the color of his skin, but on the content of his character.”