I Have a Dream . . . Which Is Yet To Be Achieved

Many people in blogs and otherwise have reflected that Obama has achieved Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.  I disagree.  Obama has made progress toward the dream, but there is still a ways to go.  In his famous speech MLK said:

“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.”

Looking at the statistics of who voted for the respective candidates last Tuesday, it is clear that the black population did vote for Obama based upon the color of his skin.  There are also a number of people from other races who voted for him on the basis of the color of his skin.  I know because they told me that is why they wanted him to win.  They were so excited to cast their vote for him so they could be part of history.  I do not think that MLK had reverse discrimination in mind when he made his speech.

As noted above, this first win by a black person is an important part of the process toward achieving MLK’s dream.  Once we have had a black (or a half black) President, people can go back to voting on the issues.  When that happens, the color of the candidate’s skin will truly be less important than the content of their character.

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One Response

  1. This is the first time I’ve visited Right of Center. Very thoughtful, political posts. Can’t say I’ll read this regularly, but at least your position is moderately centrist and reasonable.

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