August 28 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the famous “I have a Dream” speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. This speech was a defining moment in American History, and rightfully so, but now since 50 years have passed, has MLK’s dream come true?
This editorial board believes racism has been on the steady decline since 1963 (the year the speech was made), but we are still far from living in a racist-free society.
Race relations have been improving, which is demonstrated through a poll conducted by gallup.com. This survey on gallup.com states that 87 percent of Americans approve of interracial marriage, compared to the astonishing approximate estimate of 10 percent in 1963. Martin Luther King obviously delivered this speech during the highest peak of racial tension, and this survey is concrete evidence of this claim.
But does that mean MLK’s dream has come true, and we as racially diverse people are now living in perfect harmony? The answer is no.
We as a nation have definitely taken steps in order to ensure equal opportunity for all people since 1963. Affirmative Action was introduced during the Kennedy era in order to ensure minority involvement in the workplace. Along with Affirmative Action, many more Civil Rights Acts were introduced to combat policies such as racial segregation and unequal voter registration requirements. But, realistically, racism will probably never be completely eradicated from society. It’s an impossible conclusion to an ongoing problem that has plagued human society since the beginning of mankind.
With that being said, another study conducted by gallup.com depicted 70 percent of Americans believe racial relations between whites and blacks are in good standing.
These facts demonstrate that racism has drastically dwindled in our society since MLK’s famed speech, but we are nowhere near fulfilling MLK’s dream.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream consisted of a nation where people would be judged “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This implies he dreamt of a color blind society, where white and black men will be “able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
Well then how do we make MLK’s dream a reality? This editorial board argues that a huge step towards making MLK’s dream a reality would be to simply stop acknowledging race exists.
If race was never acknowledged, and we stopped categorizing and stereotyping people by their skin color, we would have far fewer reasons to discriminate against one another, and maybe then we would be “able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream will probably never entirely come true, but statistics support the claim that race relations in today’s America are improving. More and more people understand the ridiculous nature of racism, and are recognizing that we are all in this together. MLK’s speech reminded us that humanity needed to change, and change quickly. Although we have not fulfilled the entirety of his dream, this editorial board is sure he would be pleased with the progress we have made.