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Equality: Have We Mastered It Yet?

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Dorita Gilinski English/ Period 1/ O'Connell November 2003 Final Copy Equality: Have We Mastered It Yet? " I have a dream..." With those stirring words Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most significant and remembered speeches in American History. His speech expressed a dream that promoted peace and equality. A dream that was thought to have united the black and white communities. A dream which made America aware of a problem, and which altered peoples perspectives in a racially biased country. A dream. Which ultimately led to his demise. So, after 40 years of social change, would Martin Luther King Jr. be satisfied to see how far his dream has been realized? Has America fulfilled King's dream? Few nations have been torn apart by the horrors of racism the way America has. It would be unfair to say that most crimes and misdemeanours are rooted in racism and court punishment is race related, yet, It seems as though racism is reprehended more than any other type of offence. The press and public have become accustomed to crimes of murder, rape, robbery and arson; many of these types of crimes are simply 'shrugged off' as part of American life. ...read more.


Through these statistics, it is understandable that police do profile minorities and as a result discriminate minorities. Though the aforementioned statistics portray racism as something severe and uncontrolled in the United States, it is a grey issue and takes a lot of analysis to be fully understood. What I mean is that this issue cannot be answered as an absolute 'yes we have overcome racism' or as a 'no, racism is still completely evident'. These are two extremes. To some extent, yes, we have helped live out King's dream. Today there is co racial education. Blacks and whites can dine together and drink from the same water fountains. Anyone who dares to utter the word 'nigger' is ridiculed and punished - for nowadays, blatant racism is legally and socially unacceptable. To some degree, African Americans have overcome white oppression, and have managed to establish themselves becoming primary citizens. But the question remains... have we achieved equality itself? Marin Luther King Jr. fought for equality and equality goes both ways. Just how it is unthinkable to consider a white to be superior to a black, it should also be unthinkable to place a back on top of a white. ...read more.


So, would Martin Luther King Jr. be happy to see how far we have come? Well if it was equality he hoped for, then certainly he wouldn't be. Now, what we must focus on is reaching our full capacity. For racism to cease being an issue, we must first become a colour-blind society. To help us move towards a more accepting society, we must learn to evaluate every man with a fair and unbiased conscience. In order for Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to come true, we should simply stop recognizing that difference altogether until we reach a point where skin colour becomes as irrelevant as eye colour. Perhaps when our acceptance and love fore each other has reached its full potential, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream will become a reality. Then, we will be able to let freedom ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state, and every city, we will reach that day when all of God's children, black, and white, Jews and gentiles, protestants and, Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!" ...read more.

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