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How far will “The Dream” go?

Posted by Okla Jones on January 22, 2010

“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.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

…wise words from a decent man.

With today this year marking the passing of the 81st birthday of the late Reverend King; being an African-American youth in America, we’ve come a long way… but we still have a long way to go. From my personal experiences; in the lens of America you’re always going to be viewed as an African-American first, then an American. This decade has seen some of the black community’s largest and most captivating figures make mistakes, and become damn near crucified for it. Yes, America does hold a double standard. It’s something that is taboo to speak or write about, but we all know that it exists.

Even after the dawn of America electing her first black president; the steep penalties given to our African-American people and stars alike is a testament that racism still exists in the United States, and that it is here to stay. With the recent chronicles of famous black males, (i.e. Tiger Woods, Gilbert Arenas, T.I., etc…) no matter how much fame that one acquires they must always be weary of how they’re viewed in the public eye; along with the decisions they make, rather it be right or wrong. While some other celebrities, whom will not be named, have the authority and influence to have certain crimes swept under the carpet; our African-American celebrities are treated as commonly as every other Joe Blow on the street. Now, with all fairness, that’s how our judicial system should be run. Every man and woman regardless of race should be treated equally, but as we can see; that has not, is not, and will never be the case.

In retrospect, the African-American race has made giant leaps since the days that Dr. King marched through the streets of Selma hoping… praying for integration and equality. We as a people have made many mistakes and setbacks, but some of our accomplishments; I believe the Reverend King would be proud. To all of my friends and family, have a blessed day, and spend it wisely. This man knows that one day we WILL reach the mountaintop, even though he knew he wouldn’t get there with us… you’ve got to respect that. I actually wanted to write much more, but I know you guys have work and school or what not, lol. Be safe.

R.I.P. MLK, Jr., we’ll always love and appreciate.

– Oak

Here’s a little something for your enjoyment.

Watch: ‘I Have A Dream’


One Response to “How far will “The Dream” go?”

  1. Justin Bieber and other stars are helping with the Play for Life campaign.

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