How close have we come to realizing Martin Luther King’s dream?

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream that one day people would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Today’s Question: How close have we come to realizing Martin Luther King’s dream?

  • GaryF

    What would King say of affirmative action quotas?

  • James

    I’ll go with —- don’t really care.

    EVERYONE needs to be fair and honest.

    Regardless of skin color!

    DTOM

  • EAL

    My son recently participated in a major event of over 100 universities participating. Blacks/Whites, Females/Males, Hispanics/Asian’s, Young/Old participating. Truly uplifting. Conversely, as long as opportunities and issues of the day are focused on culture, ethnicity, religion, etc. we will loose site of the fact that the shared American dream is based upon the principles of society of laws based upon the U.S. Constitution. That is our fundamental foundation and core value.

  • Steve the Cynic

    FYI, Gary F, MLK was in favor of affirmative action for the time being, until the legacy of racial injustice has been redressed. Thanks to the Republicans’ abandonment of the legacy of Lincoln, that day is approaching more slowly today than it was three decades ago.

  • Jordan P

    I think MLK would be fairly ok with the state of racial equality in relation to the African American status in today’s society. However, he would be appalled at the current status of the general population as a majority. Particularly the few oligarchical rich, and the many uneducated poor. King fought for the basic human rights for the individual. It’s a shame that we include corporate entities as part of those ‘individuals’.

  • Chris

    I think we are closer then we have ever been, however “we” are still not we.

    Until we treat each other as “we” MLK’s dream will never come to be.

    “We” tend to treat each other on our preconceived stereo types no matter what color.

    “We” assume behavior is bad without really looking at the behavior.

    “We” rarely look at the whole person.

    “We” hear MLK’s message without listening & hear us or me, few listen to the message of we.

    When “we” only care about the person and not our “differences”. When we come together in love & acceptance, then “we” will realize the dream.

    This is Martin Luther King’s dream & mine too.

  • Gretchen

    We are judged less and less by skin color, but we are still not judged on character. Unfortunately we are judged more and more on the contents of our bank accounts.

  • GaryF

    I wonder what Dr Kings opinion would be on the high rate of unwed pregnancies in young black youth?

    Or the gansta rap lifestyle and music?

  • Joey

    I think somewhere along the line we got the notion that we had achieved Dr. King’s dream, that racism had somehow been magically abolished not only as an ethos but also as an automatic emotional reaction. We’re in a state of massive denial, and it is making the problem worse. If we as a public cannot admit that we react differently when we see a black man at night than we do when we see a white man, how can we possibly address that problem?

  • Jennan Kellogg

    I believe we have bearly scratched the surface of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream. People bearly look past the surface of skin color, religioun, ethnisity, economic status, class, and so on. Racicm is very much still a part of schools and the community. People are no where near Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. Complete acceptance is still a long way away. We are closer than we were 100 years ago, 40 years ago, or even ten years ago, but we are still a long way from comleting his dream.

  • T

    Dr. King’s dream should always be what we try to achieve and we are not there yet. There is no social justice/equality for those who suffer through poverty and lack of opportuntiy. Respones related to quotas, gansta rap, and “unwed” pregnancy show those that have not been face-to face with the realty of poverty/opportunity and if they have, now lack sympathy. I feel pity for those who express such a callus nature.

  • Steve the Cynic

    I wonder what Dr. King’s opinion would be on rich white guys insinuating that African Americans themselves are to blame for their not having reached economic parity with European Americans. Do you suppose he’d think they were making a facile excuse for their reluctance to right past wrongs?

  • jerry p

    I think that we have a black president is amazing. I think that he is a man of outstanding integrity is really amazing. (Not because he is black, but because a person like this in office has been missing for so long). As for the dream, I would say he is a grappling hook thrown across the divide. Now that the chasm has been breached there is a path of opportunity for many others. It is still a long road, but we can follow the light.

  • Kevin VC

    I like to change the question to “I”…

    How close have I personally come to realizing the dream.

    As a nation and the heated debates, it is clear hate and desire to define the “I” as different then “Them” and group smaller groups with the “I”.

    We are one race, one people, and should be one goal together.

    Personally when I grew up I never noticed races or colors or nationalities or religions. Everyone was someone new to head out and play with.

    It was clear to me some seemed to have a ‘attitude’ and listening to them talk it was weird. What they said often did not match reality of the person that have categorized. This is where I learned some really fail to see logic and fail to notice what is in front of them does not match their attitude.

    These learned attitudes are still being taught. It needs to be un taught or continually cleared up. To many make assumptions on the unknown and unfamiliar.

    As a child in Little Rock Arkansas my mother was told never to sit in the back of the bus. She made a point to sit with the colored students, if for no other reason then to rebel. She knew blacks were no different then anyone else, except in the fact they were being picked on.

    The main difference we have seen if the open ‘sign’ of discrimination are not on display, but the attitudes continue…. silently…..

    Time to fill that silence with reality of facts. To see every person as a potential playmate and never learn that innocence to be wrong.

  • Rod M

    I believe we have made gains in becoming a “colorless” society, but there still are some very stubborn road blocks to real progress.

    First of all, our goal must be to reach the point where we no longer ask the question. When the question is no longer on application forms or questionnaires because it is irrelevant, we will have made progress.

    Promoting black programs and black interests is NOT conducive to becoming a racially neutral, colorless society.

    My son did not qualify for a grant at a local college because he was the wrong color – a non-minority. The company I work for hired a person of color because it needed to meet the racial mix quota – passing up several better qualified persons.

    Personally, I don’t care what color your skin is. I have friends and relatives of several colors. We need to stop asking the question! We need to make the question irrelevant! The color of your skin should NEVER qualify you, nor disqualify you, from anything!!!

    Unfortunately, I don’t see this ever happening in a society that demands we keep score racially.

  • Patrick

    To really answer the question I would first have to become my adopted african-american 7 yr old daughter who attends a rural elementary school. But I wouldn’t have the courage.