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    In Which NTodd Says His Peace

Sunday, August 24, 2003
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Dream Redux


Yesterday I mused that maybe "we've from gotten out of 'the quicksands of racial injustice', but haven't gotten onto 'the solid rock of brotherhood'". I also wondered if I gave America too much credit. The latest Gallup Poll seems to bear out my thoughts:

Forty years after King's speech -- an anniversary commemorated this weekend in Washington, D.C., -- most blacks say civil rights for blacks have improved over the course of their lifetimes. Also, blacks tend to be upbeat about black-white relations, saying that relations between the two groups are generally good, and perceiving that racial animosity is confined to only a few Americans. These are the more encouraging findings from Gallup's annual Minority Rights and Relations survey, conducted June 12-18.

On the downside, blacks are generally dissatisfied with society's treatment of their racial group. Many blacks report being discriminated against on a routine basis, and a majority of blacks say it happens to them at least a few times a year. Four in five blacks believe that racial minorities do not have the same job opportunities as whites do.

Lots of work still to be done, but I'm glad we've apparently made progress toward a more civil society.

BTW, in case you didn't pick up on it, the "quicksand" and "solid rock" quotes are from King's I Have A Dream speech. Sorry to be pedantic, but I am a teacher, plus many times people don't get what the heck I'm alluding to.

Speaking of King's work, one of the most important letters ever is his Letter From A Birmingham Jail, written a few months before his "Dream" speech. What I really love about this letter is that he expresses self-doubt while expressing the reasoning behind a powerful movement. And one other speech I'd like to draw your attention to is King's 1967 "Beyond Vietnam" address--I briefly blogged about that in July because I think his words about Vietnam ring true today in the context of our current conflicts.

Peace out,
ntodd 
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