Posted by: kulanjiyil | November 7, 2008

A New Day in American History

In his famous speech, “I have a Dream,” delivered on 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke these words:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

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.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

With Barak Obama, an African American, winning the U. S. Presidency in the recent historic presidential election, one cannot stop wondering if Martin Luther King’s dream for America has come true, if not fully, at least partially. We have come a long way from the conditions that existed during the Civil Rights Movement era. By electing an African American to the Presidency, the American people have demonstrated their ability and maturity to transcend racial, social, and class barriers that discriminated, segregated, and alienated people from one another for hundreds of years. The fact that the White community can trust a person of color with the highest office of the land is a radical shift in the social attitude.  This is a welcoming and transforming change. However, as everyone would agree, just because we have a non-white President- Elect, it does not mean that lasting transformations have been achieved at the societal level. There still remains for us to overcome racial prejudices and stereotyping; social inequality and discrimination that continue to exist in America today. We have to carry on the work towards improved community relations and racial reconciliation. Let us believe that a new day has been launched in the American history, and that better days are ahead of us, where the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” that our constitution promises will be available to every citizen of this great nation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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