I watched a video on facebook that someone posted about Barack Obama being MLK’s dream come true and I have to question this argument.
While it may be true that Dr. King would have wanted ALL people to have the opportunity to serve as president of the United States, he also wanted the entire nation to come together in order to become a better America. If all that people use to qualify the dream come true is the color of Obama’s skin, aren’t we still using skin color to judge? In Martin’s speech, he stated, “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.” Instead of praising our president for being more tan than the other commander-in-chiefs why don’t we examine his policies, actions and words?
Our country tends to lean to the right of the middle and we were founded on some fairly conservative values and principles. Most people in America want to work to provide for their families, most want to give their children more opportunities than they had, and most believe in God, our creator. Even many who register and declare themselves to be democrats have fairly conservative values upon closer examination. If we are to begin to look at Dr. Martin Luther King‘s dream, should we not discuss his whole speech and apply it to the entire country, not simply the people who identify as African-American, Black or Negro?
Dr. King wanted people of ALL colors to have equal rights and the rights guaranteed by our Declaration of Independence, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He also stated “…we must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline…” and “…the marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny…” I contend that Dr. King would have wanted us to discontinue attempting to blame each other and realize that at our core, we all want the same things for our country, our families and ourselves.
As I think about the future of our country as well as any current and future leaders, I continue to imagine that Dr. King would stand with me when I say that we will find true freedom when we not only become color blind to other’s skin color, but when we become color blind to our own.
“I have a dream that one day…little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”—MLK