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Dr Kings Dream

Updated on January 18, 2016

Race Relations

The Atlantic reported, according to a New York Times Poll, that following statistics:

Fifty-seven percent of Americans believe race relations are bad, versus 37 percent who disagree. (Among whites, 56 percent think relations are bad; among blacks, it’s 68 percent.) Four in 10 Americans, among both black and white respondents, believe things are getting worse.

The reasons why people view race relations are bad:

Killings and violence against African Americans by the police.

Incidents like the Charleston massacre.

Treatment of minorities in the criminal system-The New Jim Crow. A return to slavery strategically enforced through the criminal justice system.

Economic enslavement and lower pay if hired at all.

Second class citizenship in matters of business and legal affairs.

Think Progress journalist Abigail Bessler reported in June of 2014 the following fact: A Black College Student Has The Same Chances Of Getting A Job As A White High School Dropout. Perhaps the 20/20 video documenting racial preference regarding hiring practices according to ethic names with identical experience and educational background revealing hiring discrimination. Is this the reality of our race relations in America in this lifetime?

Dr King quote:

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

  • CNN reported in 2015 -45% of whites and 26% of blacks believed race relations have worsened since the president took office.
  • The Washington Examiner journalist Paul Bedard reported, according to the latest Economist/YouGov poll, 55% believe race relations are worse under the Obama administration.

Jimmy Carter, former president, told the truth about race relations.

Has anything changed since the Black Like Me Autobiography by John Howard Griffin?

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Dr King quote: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Do we stand up for what’s right and speak out for what is wrong? Do we say something when we experience preferential treatment when receiving services when we know it is not right? Do we watch people murdered, unfairly incarcerated, racial profiling practiced by police, underpay for qualified workers, and violation of others civil rights because it is not your experience?

Where are we regarding racial equality regarding income?

Freakanomics journalist Azure Gilman, in 2011 reported black men in America earned 74.5 percent of a typical white man’s wage; black women earned 69.6 percent.

South Jailing People Just For Being Poor

Southern Tradition Largest Challenge

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's National Historic Site is located in Atlanta, GA. The south personifies the image of budding professionals and wealth among minorities in the south. A place where only 8.9% of residential blocks are integrated, less than the national average, which confirms the south is not as progressive and integrated as the image presented. Question-Why are so many minorities pursuing their own business? Because the south, as a whole, has a way of paying minorities less than their counterparts, regardless of education and experience.

Are there jobs for minorities in the south? Certainly-waiting tables, bus boy, valet attendant, and let us not forget low paying customer service jobs. Promotions without pay, in-grouping and out-grouping according to regional background and family lifestyle, a common practice. Corporate structure with a sprinkle of minorities in higher positions but mot higher positions held by a certain group. Nothing much has changed since civil rights have changed about the south which includes the welcome to stay in your place as a minority and as a woman. Equality for all, I think not. Even worse is the way minorities disrespect their own kind while servicing others, self-hate, has reached its greatest height. Debtor’s prisons in the deep south are still operating today in the south. Yes, I said debtor’s prisons. Yes debtor’s prisons are unconstitutional. There are limited rights for African Americans in the south which includes still receiving poor/inferior legal services, inferior healthcare practices, and lower wages. Where else in America do you have people with masters and doctorate degrees working day and night (titles with no money) while less educated/experienced counterparts are paid higher wages that allow for some to provide and enjoy quality time with their family. Titles without proper compensation and pay is insulting and is economic slavery. Please do not be fooled by figureheads or the “presentation” of wealth providing you with false impressions of prosperity while the masses suffer.

The South -Quotes from Actress Cherie Johnson (SC experience)

'I've been stopped by the police before, but I've never been fearful for my life,' said actress Cherie Johnson, who reports that she and Dennis White were improperly stopped by the police in Marion County, South Carolina.

"On September 22nd, 2013 at approximately 3:40pm, I was reminded that at the end of the day I can be harassed by the police at their will. Regardless of how many movies or TV shows I have been in. Regardless of my education at WSSU. Regardless of how much money or accolades I have garnered. Regardless of my journeys across the globe. I will be forever at the white officer’s mercy.

As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King’s legacy, there is still much work to do. The challenge includes practicing equality when it comes to interaction, employment, criminal justice system reform, and the equal treatment of others. The challenge is to take time to understand people that may look different from you with different backgrounds. Reject negative images and really get to know other people for who they are, we are all members of the human race. We owe our children the opportunity to be enriched and not fearful of others experience and story. Start with commonalities. If you enjoy art work and notice someone else at an art gallery, start a conversation. If you know you are receiving preferential treatment, tell the person servicing you that this person was actually here first. Many people don’t speak up because they are benefiting from the preferential treatment and this does not make it right. Simple, to honor Dr. King’s legacy DO THE RIGHT THING! We are going to have to get along for the betterment of our country.

Martin Niemöller

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


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