let’s keep the dream alive

January 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm 2 comments

today is martin luther king, jr. day. in his day, he fought for civil rights. he was in the forefront of non-violent protests against discrimination and prejudice based on the color of one’s skin. it was one rocky road that that he took and it led to his death. in his quest to achieve racial equality, he fell to an assassin’s bullet on apr. 4, 1968. he didn’t die in vain, though. the civil rights movement that he had espoused resulted in the enactment of laws that promote equal rights for all americans.

many consider the victory of barack obama during the presidential elections in 2008 as an affirmation of king’s legacy. although he’s smart and articulate and possesses superior intelligence, he couldn’t have won without the white vote who had “judged [him] not by the color of [his] skin but by the content of [his] character.” in two years of his presidency, he has accomplished more than his predecessors. among them are passing the national health care initiative into law, declaring the end of combat mission in iraq, and saving the country from collapse through enactment of measures to stimulate the economy.

still, there are those who wouldn’t come to the fold and question his leadership. from conservative talk shows to tea party bagger activists, he can’t do anything right. they oppose his every move. they have called him names unfit to be mentioned here. worse, they have spread lies and half-truths hoping that repeated often enough would become truth. sometimes, i wonder if it has to do with the fact that he’s black. although we may not see it, the undercurrent of racial prejudice is still there hiding behind the political rhetoric that has gone more vitriolic with each passing day.

martin luther king, jr. had done everything that he could in his lifetime. in his ‘i dream’ speech, he said:

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.

the torch has been passed. it’s beholden to us to keep the dream alive.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wildstorm  |  January 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Hi there! Thanks for your visit. It’s me, Summerwind from Journalspace. =)

    • 2. plaridel  |  January 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      goody! one that was lost has been found. i’ll add you to my blogroll


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