This I Believe

Christopher - Plano, Texas
Entered on January 30, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: equality

“I have a dream” Dr. Martin Luther King stated “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.” Sorry Mr. King, this nation isn’t there yet. Who knows if we will ever be? But, allow me to bring to your attention multiple items, which if removed, would achieve your dream.

You called for equality Mr. King; you see, it was you in 1963 that called for the black man to catch up to the white man but all I see today is an attempt at revenge. If only you were here to see February, or should I call it, Black History Month. That’s equality at its finest considering White History Month is right around the corner in March, followed by Native American History Month in April, and so on and so on. Quite frankly, I resist Black History Month because it opposes every single principle that you held. Until this month’s practices cease to exist, racism, prejudice, and oppression will haunt men and women of all ethnic backgrounds.

You called for equality Mr. King; tell me what’s wrong with the statements of newly elected Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin. Recently, he pushed for New Orleans to be a “chocolate city” saying that “it’s the way God wanted it to be” after the devastating effects of hurricane Katrina. If that’s equality, send me back to second grade math class.

You called for equality Mr. King; why is it that when a less qualified African-American and I are competing for an employment position, that he would get the job solely on corporate quotas for minority hiring? This event is seen each and every day right before our eyes and no persons will stand up, regardless of their ethnicity, and put an end to this travesty. Special ethnic treatment in the workplace will never produce equality amongst men.

You called for equality Mr. King, but you aren’t going to get it. You had a wonderful, promising dream, but that’s all it was, a dream. The ironic thing is that it’s not the white man that is in the way.