Is “The Dream” still alive?

With Martin Luther King Jr. being celebrated today with his revolutionary words, actions, and timeless ideas, one has to ponder how applicable his dream is today. Obviously, we’ve come a long way from his time (no more segregation of schools, bathrooms or drinking fountains), but in some ways we’ve digressed to a time before he started his movement. It’s sad to say, but the black/white hatred returned with our first African-American president.

Before I continue, yes, I’m white, and no, I don’t know what it’s like being a black middle-class American, but that doesn’t mean I can’t speak the truth simply because my skin pigmentation isn’t dark enough to be permissible to do so. It’s sad that I  have to even express this view before I go on, but, sadly, this is today’s America.

The liberal way of thinking in 2017 is exactly what MLK fought against, and sadly, they’ve turned his dream into a nightmare. No, it does not make me a racist to say that our first black president brought us back to square one in terms of race relations. At one of the funerals of our unfortunately many police shootings last year, George W. Bush spoke very appeasing words that assured us that we must remain united. What did Barrack Hussein Obama say? “You guys know racism still exists in America, right?” If MLK was there to view his speech, he probably would’ve grabbed his microphone and took Obama back to school. Not only that, Obama always seemed to be up in arms about any shooting/brutality against a black person (regardless if it was deserved) but cat caught his tongue when it was vice versa. The job of the president is to not judge his citizens by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character, which clearly wasn’t in the memos for Obama.

The liberal mentality unfortunately does just that: judges by the color of the skin and pushes aside content of character. “Oh, you’re white? You can’t say things like that, you’ll be considered racist.” “You’re African-American? Okay you’re allowed to feel that way because we’re told that the darker the skin color, the more rights you have to your opinion.” So, while we all express our gratitude to the man that opened America’s eyes to the way we were treating her black citizens, let us not forget that many of us think/act the very same way he opposed and fought against. Let us come together as one United States of America and strive to exemplify his dream.

3 thoughts on “Is “The Dream” still alive?

  1. Well done my love! 👏👏👏 That sums up today’s racial tensions perfectly, let’s hope that things will turn around just as MLK, Jr. envisioned ❤❤❤❤

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  2. Hi Angie! While I consider myself to be on the liberal side of american politics today, I liked reading your post it’s always good to read about other’s views. Obviously not every liberal treats people like that but there are a few snowflakes in the bunch that tend to be louder than the rest making it seem like “we” all are. “Okay you’re allowed to feel that way because we’re told that the darker the skin color, the more rights you have to your opinion” I don’t think it’s that simple, I think “we” listen to poc’s opinions because they deserve to be heard just like everyone else. “we” don’t push aside content of character “we” try to find it from every perspective “we” can, of course not every white american is racist when giving their opinion only when their ideas are talking negatively about a race not specifically one person (ex: “Obama is a rude”-not racist “blacks are rude”-racist”). now I believe there still is racism in our country today and it has been here since the beginning, I know we’ve come a long way and that while there’s much to do it isn’t a top priority for this country-maybe locally and state could continue to work on it but it’s nothing compared to our other policies such as the environment! My perspective on racial tensions during the Obama administration is that because poc were excited that they were getting represented in such a high position they were hoping that the change they were looking for would happen. I don’t believe he did as much as he could have I think he put that on the side and sort of forgot about- which kind of sucks but hopefully it can be imrpoved upon in the next decade or two… Lastly, I disagree with your idea of how MLK Jr.’s ideas are completely opposite of liberals today. A lot of his ideas go together with policies we wish to enforce like our economic plan and our involvement in wars-of course these were a couple that weren’t as popular in the media at the time so not many know about them but they are a part of his legacy as well! I did enjoy reading your post and I do hope I don’t come off as an angry “liberal” comment I truly did enjoy your perspective on today’s racial tensions.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I know I did sound very one-sided in my post, but a lot of it stems from the anger and frustration a lot of people of the left side of the aisle seem to perpetuate on those with skin of lighter color. Also, I’m not naive and say that racism was nonexistent until Obama came in and ruined everything; but what I am saying is he certainly heightened the tensions between the races. Honestly, I just wish we all kept our child-like innocence, where we played with other kids because they were funny or had cool toys, and didn’t even think to look at the color of their skin. I pray and hope for our future 🙏🏻

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