Monday, January 15, 2007

"I have a dream..."

Today, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A man who courageously campaigned for peaceful ways to acquire equal rights for blacks. I like to think that things are better for blacks these days, and that racism is something you rarely see anymore. I like to think that, but I realize that I am white, and there may still be racism or discrimination still going on against blacks... things that I do not see because I am white.

Sadly, in comparison to Dr. King's dream, I think there is a "group" of individuals in the world that are just beginning their fight for equal rights in our society. These individuls are not separated by color, sex, age or economic status. I'd like to see Dr. King's "Dream" fullfilled in this way...

"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

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 [people living with disabilities] will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood...

I have a dream that [children with special needs] will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by [their disability] but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today. "

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