Friday, January 22, 2010

One smart fifteen year old!

Nope I don’t have any worries about our culture if this is the kind of writing that is happening in High School!

This girl is being raised the right way!

I Have a Dream
“And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!” ~Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. He had a dream of a nation where blacks and whites were treated equally. He dreamed of a nation not scarred by segregation and discrimination. Today, Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is slowly coming true. But aspects of American society are not part of his dream, and do not follow what his dream is about.
The American society today has many aspects of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. At the present moment, an African American man is President of the United States. As for the general aspect of breaking racial boundaries, Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud of this fact. The American society is also equal when it comes to race, in the foremost general idea. Today, African American’s have thousands of opportunities that were not present 50 years ago. Today, African Americans can be whatever they want to be. They can choose the career they want, and pursue their goals to the utmost end. They have no boundaries in their opportunities, such as they did 50 (and more) years ago. At that point in time, if you were African American, you basically did not have a choice as to what you would be when you “growed up”. You just followed what societal rules said you were going to be, and just dealt with it. Several broke these barriers, and became doctors, lawyers, and other jobs requiring higher education, but the paths of these people were filled with enormous pot-holes of segregation and discrimination. Today, there are even minority privileges and benefits to increase the opportunities of any minority group, whether it is African American, or some other nationality. Many aspects of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream are a large part of American society today.
But some parts of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream are not present. First and foremost, African Americans are still not completely equal. Because of minority benefits, the African Americans are not totally equal to the whites of America, because in a way, the benefits are a form of reverse-discrimination. Another aspect of his dreams not coming true is that many African Americans have lost their pride in their race. Many try to be as ‘white’ as possible and reject their originals ‘black’ ways. Martin Luther King Jr. was proud to be and African American and felt that it was something to have pride in.
In many ways, Martin Luther King Jr.’s dreams are present in ways he would not support. For instance (sorry if I’m political – forgive me if you do not support my views), our African American president is a socialist (yes!) who is destroying our nation as we speak. He is a liar and not even an American (where’s his REAL birth certificate??). Martin Luther King Jr. would not approve of the ethics of this man whom we call “Mr. President.”
To change these anti-dreams, the first aspect that we need to change is our president. I do not hold anything against an African American being president – in fact I think it’s about time we did, but the man in office at this time is not fit for the job. If an African American is going to be president, then he, or she, will need to be a true American.
Martin Luther King Jr. would want an African American president to be honest and fit for the job. Another thing that (at least in my opinion) needs to be changed is the minority favoritism. If we are going to be a nation where blacks and whites are completely equal, than there should not be minority benefits that allow minority groups more opportunity. As a white, I feel that this is reverse discrimination. Just because someone is black shouldn’t mean that they should get a scholarship for it, or that they get accepted to a university program on the basis that they were African American, above a white who had a higher test score and was more qualified. The opportunities that await need to be one-hundred percent equally split up. No discrimination what-so-ever, even if it’s in favor of African Americans. Another suggestion is to follow Martin Luther King Jr.’s advice for an equal nation in many of his speeches and writings. He was the leader of the Civil Rights movement and was a very brilliant man with many great ideas for creating a perfectly equalized nation.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was to live in a nation where no one was discriminated against by their race (or anything else for that matter). He wished to eliminate prejudice in all forms and see a nation where blacks and whites were equal. Although many aspects of his dream are coming true, many are still waiting in the wings to be fully realized. His dreams are still waiting to come true.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Griper said...

ahhhhhhhhhhh the idealism of youth. it still lives in all of us even when we know that idealistic dreams can never come true.

Mike H. said...

Excellent commentary. And true.