Monday, January 19, 2009


The following is Editorial Commentary.

Some are looking at the observance of the Martin Luther King, Junior holiday quite differently this year because of the historic event that occurs at high noon, Eastern time tomorrow.
There is no doubt about the courage of the man as he stood by his beliefs and convictions in hope of seeing a better tomorrow, but have we reached that goal?

Within what may be his most famous speech, King said:
"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
But have the objectives of that famous speech and King's dream been achieved?

Some will say yes, and point not only to the social advances within our society since that speech was first made, but also in the fact that Barack Obama will soon be sworn in as the first African-American President of the United States.
Yet there are several social classes, let alone a lot of individuals, just in this country alone, who are still not fairly judged in the eyes of others.
Women, children, the poor, the elderly, the handicapped, those that prefer the love and affection of their own gender, those who practice different religious beliefs, the obese, nerds...
Should I go on?
While most intolerances are officially illegal, or at least "politically incorrect", that does not mean they no longer occur.
When the previously stated groups and everyone else can live their lives without the fear of name calling, outright bigotry, or even being the subject of bad jokes, then I will believe that Martin Luther King, Junior's dream has at last been fully achieved.

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