August 28th, 1963
It’s crazy how this one speech still has prolific meaning in our current society.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told the world how he had a dream.
From my perspective in this world we have come a long way from that day. From my perspective in this world we still have a ways to go.
Every generation is becoming less scared than the last of the world and is embracing change. I really feel as though in another 50 years we will see a huge progression. However, we have to see the realities of right now.
Do I like some people assuming that because I’m a black female that I must speak with a ghetto vernacular? Do you think I enjoy people from my own race calling me an “Oreo” because I speak with “proper” dialect? You have no idea how irritating it gets when people assume I’m from another country because I speak English so well.
My parents speak just like I do. Plus they grew up in the hood and didn’t want their children to grow up the same. They placed me in privates schools and made sure I attended the best magnet schools. They did not want my race or my sex to be an excuse to stop me from achieving a fair standard of life in this society.
This country still has a stereotyped mentality that needs to change… and I blame some of that on false labels personified on TV, movies, and radio.
With that being said it’s more than imperative to get pass this race issue and we all reach our goals.
I have to thank Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, JKF, President LBJ (signing the Voting Rights Act), Thurgood Marshall, and countless people whose names were not written in the history books, but died for cause for the basic of right of being equal in America.
Even though we should all be treated equally… DO NOT take this equality lightly. Civil Rights DOES NOT just affect people in the African-American community… it affects all minorities, women, and your right to love. This right was granted to us… US… because people of the past believed that could make a change and were TIRED of being oppressed.
Think about it… would you be where you are today if these actions weren’t taking on by women and men of the past both black and white who cared enough to make this change?
The answer is no.
People paid for YOUR RIGHTS in blood, sweat, tears, beating, and even death.
So today take a moment and really thank the individuals (your race or not) who took to the streets, the churches, the court houses, and the steps of Washington because WE ALL had a dream.