America, together to fight for their rights. Sadly, his

America, the said to be land of dreams, opportunities, and more importantly the free. In America on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech, stating his plea for all races and faiths to come together to fight for their rights. Sadly, his plea is as applicable today as it was back in 1963 when many of the same injustices still apply. Discrimination is still very much alive, and not only for African-Americans but minorities in general.Though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law in 1863, the rights of African-Americans were not recognized until more than 100 years after, yet today there are still Southern states that still make it difficult for blacks to vote in elections. The Economic Policy Institute states that there is a concentration of black students in economically disadvantaged schools which makes it harder for them to fight for a future. Although there is less segregation than before it’s still common in today’s society.As a society, we have had to face a mixture of injustices in the past years, many being towards specific racial groups. Women are fighting for reproductive health and are still paid less than men. According to the FBI’s HCSA report, more than twice as many hate crimes were reported against African-Americans more than any other group. In the past two years alone, there have been a huge amount of police killings of young blacks in cities across the country.All men were NOT created equal and it’s evident today. Immigrants coming into the U.S. find it difficult to establish themselves or even become a citizen. There was a special needs child who was brutally attacked because of a hateful ideal. Then there are Native Americans who have the lowest employment rate of any racial or ethnic group in the US. We are still judged by the content of our skin, not the content of our character. Though this is not done by all it has been practiced. There are people who are taught to hate minority groups which led to the senseless murder of innocent black lives.There is one line in King’s speech that fits almost perfectly with the present day. King passionately stated: “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”This is the brutal truth of our reality proving that not that much has changed in over fifty years. It’s a shame to think that although time has passed, old fears and problems have not disappeared. It’s eye-opening to see how much King’s words resonate within the realms of today’s society. We realized that his words have helped changed today’s circumstances but, we still have far to progress. I hope more people are willing to break that concrete image of what they think race is and instead, be open to what race could be. Hopefully, we take these words seriously and cement the change King wanted so long ago today.

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