What “I Have A Dream” Means To Me In 2017

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Hello everyone,

I hope you all are doing well. I am so blessed to see that I have viewers from all over the world. However, for those of you who don’t know I live in the United States, in Florida.

With this in mind, this year on January 16th, will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  I’ll give a brief history lesson for those of you who may not know his impact on the United States. Dr. King was a civil rights activist who lead peaceful protests against the mistreatment and segregation of people of color in the United States. Unfortunately, he was assassinated,  but the legacy he has is still prevalent today. One of his most distinguished speeches was entitled “I Have a Dream”.  I know most of my American viewers are highly familiar with the speech, so I will not explain it. However, I will discuss what this speech means to me personally:

As an optimist that looks at life as “the glass half-full” I believe that as a nation, we have made significant strives towards fulfilling Dr. King’s dream. There has been an uprising of diversity in the media, politics, professionalism, schools, and so forth. I also genuinely believe that the election of President Obama (FOR 2 TERMS) will be one of the greatest feats of our millennia

Continually, I feel as though relationships with people of all different cultural backgrounds have improved. Being in an interracial relationship is not taboo anymore. In fact, it is celebrated. Dr. King would have been so proud to see that.

However, I cannot deny the fact that certain aspects of his dream have not yet been fulfilled. Ask any black American who considers themselves “woke” how they feel about racial justice in this nation. They will probably respond with the fact that this country has a long way to go from that.

First and foremost, in the last 4 years the prevalence of police brutality in the U.S. is at an all time high. Men and women of color have experienced tragic circumstances all due to inherent prejudice.

Ironically, I feel as though Martin Luther King would be in support of the “All Lives Matter” movement. In reality, it is sad to say that in order to truly no “justice for all”, “All Lives Matter” won’t cut it. The propaganda and the campaign should be relevant to the current situation. In this case, sadly, nearly 54 years after the “I have a dream” speech, people are still “[judged by the color of their skin and not the content of their character]”

Nonetheless, this is not a sad pessimistic “angry black woman” post. The point of what I am trying to make is that Martin Luther King’s dream is slowly becoming a reality.  With this in mind, in order for it to completely come into fruition, we must actively work on keeping the dream alive.

Let us not forget that we are all God’s creation made beautifully with unique skin tones and cultures.  With time and hard work, Dr. King’s dream will come true.

Thanks for reading,

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