Jan. 19 is a federal holiday to commemorate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the most quoted section of King’s most famous speech made during the 1963 March on Washington — even by people who didn’t admire him — is: “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 the content of their character.” Has that part of King’s speech become a reality, or is it still only a dream?
We have come far and have far to go.
I remember the all-white world. Today, media shows the most progress with news commentators, movies, TV series and personalities being very diverse.
There is no denying we now live in a bigger world. Hallelujah for that. Now almost everyone can go wherever they like without obstruction or fear, and have social, education and career opportunities.
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The “far to go” is that problems still exist, such as ongoing prejudice both ways, race used as an excuse for not striving and a general unwillingness by some to see the world from another’s eyes.
History reveals mankind has done some bad things and sometimes made strides to recover.
— Rob Porter, North Richland Hills
While the whole concept of racial equality has shown a lot of progress over these past years, there are still some bumps in the road.
One such is the King children’s penchant for suing each other. The two brothers are now suing their sister for possession of Dr. King’s Bible and Nobel Prize.
It seems that greed and personal enrichment know no boundaries, even if an icon is involved.
— John H. Brown, Arlington
Life continues to happen. We continue to dream.
As a black people the dream is slowly unfolding, but will it ever be fulfilled?
We must know the dream begins with us and will end with us.
We must know that we matter.
We must know that we are created by God and that we are made in His image.
We must know that we have a mind to think. So think!
A soul that knows how to build. So build!
A spirit that knows how to survive. So survive!
A heart that knows how to love. So love!
No, the dream is not yet fulfilled but let us continue to dream as we think on wholesome things.
As we build on good things.
As we survive all things and as we love all God’s people.
Let us continue to dream!
— Mildred Fisher, Fort Worth
We have come so far with race relations that we elected and reelected a black president. It’s a shame President Obama has significantly hurt race relations. From saying the Cambridge, Mass., police acted stupidly; to sending his attorney general to Ferguson, Mo., to investigate a local matter; to consulting the Rev. Al Sharpton on race relations, Obama continues to play the race card.
To help all blacks have a chance at the “dream,” Obama should look at the problems in the black community, such as single-parent households. Seventy-two percent of black births are to single mothers. Fifty percent of all those arrested in murder cases are black, although blacks comprise only 13 percent of the population.
Promoting marriage before children, good primary education and respect for authority is what’s needed.
— Hugh T. Lefler Jr., Fort Worth
Character defines us all and is perhaps the single most important part of our makeup.
While it can sometimes be easier to identify a sectarian individual or group, for the most part the color of one’s skin is irrelevant in today’s society of mixed races, religions, immigration and cultural influences.
Reflect on the motivation behind any headline or story of the day and the character of the people, at least on the surface, will usually be easy to recognize.
King knew this would come to pass and may his visionary inspiration kindle a spirit of cooperation among us all.
— Patrick Jenkins, Arlington
Considerable progress has been made in improving race relations.
However, over the last six years a lot of this progress has been stymied
It is a shame that this was fostered by the current administration, since we lost out on a fantastic opportunity to significantly improve our country in many aspects.
— Walter H. Delashmit, Justin
MLK wanted freedom for black Americans where he saw inequality in our land; a cry for justice.
Inequality will always persist as each person views their situation through their own lens.
An unborn child aborted in the womb cannot share their dreams regardless of the color of their skin.
I have a dream that one day the unborn will be given the right to life and that right will be protected by our laws.
— Deborah Fleischmann, Fort Worth
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