Every year on MLK day, I always wonder if we, as a nation, have achieved the Dream of Dr. King?
And year after year, the answer still remains in this fuzzy grey area for me. In some ways we have.
— Obama is president. That certain speaks volumes. On the other hand, one African American rising to to the top does not a nation make.
— Restaurants, water fountains, restrooms, sports, schools and so on are no longer overtly segregated. On the other hand, I think it’s a stretch to say that racial segregation in the United States is dead.
— The content of a person’s character is a much more significant barometer of how we judge people today (IMHO). On the other hand, if people can sing, dance, run, throw, jump, or score, we seem to cut them a heck of a lot of “content of character” slack that would (once again, IMHO) baffle Dr. King.
Will America ever really be post-racial? I mean whenever I ask students these kinds of questions – especially minority students – many of them seem to think that things are almost as equally bad as they once were. I don’t agree on that front (things were clearly WAY worse for minorities in America 150 years ago) but that does not mean that things are not bad today as well.
Hmm… will America ever be post-racial?