January 21st, 2011 14:14 EST
Advancing the Dream of Dr. King
"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 that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed that; We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As we continue to gallantly celebrate the life and principles of Dr. King each and every year; it remains a dismal commentary that the best solution that we have arrived at in combating racism within our society are integrated schools, restrooms, restaurants and workplaces while the nefarious philosophy of racism remains firmly embedded within the American culture.
Although pieces of Dr. King`s dream have been realized, the current social, economic and political climate in the age of Obama serves as evidence that we have a tremendous way to go in resolving America`s race problem.
Regrettably, the election of an African American president has not changed the trajectory nor done much to mitigate the systemic problem of racism in our nation, in which Dr. King so unwaveringly surrendered his life to address.
While the election of the first black president remains a profound historical feat, it is unquestionably evident by the increasing levels of race based radical groups that we as a nation have emphatically ceased being conscious toward the advancement of Dr. King`s dream.
Moreover, local, state and national governments within America have without doubt ceased in the development of sustainable and proactive solutions to combat the heinous philosophy of racism. In fact, the current government appears to be patently terrified by the prospect of even addressing matters pertaining to race, let alone continuing the legacy of Dr. King.
We must ask ourselves, that if Dr. King were alive today would he be satisfied by the superficial celebration of his birthday; or would he not insist that we as a nation continue to develop sustainable legislation toward genuinely addressing America`s race problem, and building a better nation for all.
From the halls of academia, to political policy making on Capitol Hill, it is undeniable that not enough is being done to mitigate and eradicate the cancerous mind-set of racism within American society.
To truly honor Dr. King, it is incumbent upon all of us to not merely celebrate the principles of his ideas one day a year, but to live those very principles within our daily lives.
M. QUINN is a freelance journalist and activist born in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Author of the books; "Removing the Veil", and "RECOMPENSE A Matter of Human Rights".
He is also the Founder of the Campaign to Remove the Veil"; which advocates incorporating a comprehensive study of racism into the American educational system as a core curriculum.. He specializes in social, political, and historical analysis and commentary.
THE CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE THE VEIL
REMOVING THE VEIL - THE BOOK
A MATTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS
A MATTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS - THE BOOK
ADDITIONAL LITERARY WORKS` BY THE AUTHOR
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