Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Has the ultimate dream been deferred?

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King speech on Washington. That day people of all races and walks of life came together in a show of solidarity to end racial inequality. King's speech was moving and thought provoking. It began a turn in the tide of civil rights in this country. That day people's eyes were full of hope for the future. It begs the question, has Dr. King's and those people that stood with him dreams been fulfilled or deferred? Langston Hughes' poem A Dream Deferred says this....

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

I would like to say that I feel as though there has been  SOME progress made in the civil rights area, but there is so much more that needs to be done. We are still and probably be forever judged by the color of our skin, economic status, sexual orientation and religious affiliation. That's human to judge. It's a survival mechanism. But what needs to change is the hate, fear and total discrimination of these things of which makes us who we are. Today, August 28, 2013, it should not be in this country that racial disparity still exist. Today, there shouldn't be hungry, poor people desperate for employment. Today, there are still hate crimes, against race and sexual orientation. Our president is a black man, yet there has never been so much disrespect, fear and hate against a president, ever. So, today I implore you to, in your way fulfill some part of Dr. King's dream. Don't discriminate against. Have an open and compassionate heart for others. Respect one another and our environment. And above all, better yourself. Let's do what we can to make sure Dr. King's dream and the people that have come before us dreams are not deferred. For a dream deferred doesn't have many good options of what it can become. So remember that as you go about your day, your life. Please be kind to one another, because when you're kind, kindness will find you. Until next week, God willing.

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