Monday, January 19, 2009

About Today: Has MLK's Dream Come True?

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  from Jen Hubley
Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. As the country prepares to inaugurate its first African-American president, King's dream of a country without prejudice seems closer than ever before.

 
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"I Have a Dream"
Everyone remembers part of this speech, but like most famous speeches, its best parts are the ones most of us forgot or never knew. Consider this piece, which seems very current in today's climate: "But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice."

 
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All About Racial Discrimination
This is interesting to me: "Racism, at least the kind that matters, is less about whether individual people are "racist" or not and more about whether institutions and economic systems have achieved so much racist inertia over the years that lifespans are shortened and spirits broken."

 
Barack Obama on Civil Liberties
Obama was a civil rights attorney for several years, and strongly supports affirmative action. However, not everyone is happy: he opposes same-sex marriage, leading some gay rights groups to question his commitment to the civil rights of gay Americans.

 
 
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