any law-abiding citizen, I am refraining from work today to honor the man with a dream. Jan. 15, 2011 marks Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 82 birthday, if his life had not prematurely ended on April 4, 1968. His vision for a world with no segregation and no discrimination is coming closer to reality everyday. Although the civil rights movement has come and passed and legal desegregation has occurred, discrimination is still alive. Will it always be alive? Is it within human nature to let the barriers we set within out minds become fluid and flexible? In today’s society, it is no longer black and white. Our world is now a swirl of colors from every corner of this planet. The truth behind discrimination is now a movement for LGBT or yellow-skinned people, like myself. Equality is still an arena that pits genders against one another.
Everyday, the majority of open-minded citizenry outweighs the discriminatory judgments of the minority. However, this is still a real struggle for many parts of America and the world at large. This battle must fought in the minds of people, an uncertain field that can be warped as easily as Hollywood’s Inception proved. No guns or bullets can change how a person’s mind believes. It is our schoolteachers, parents and role models that must embody the MLK dream for the children of the world.
One day, it will be possible for interracial marriages to be an everyday occurrence; for a mocha child to not feel lonely when she/he goes to school, for a board meeting that has both equal men and women sitting at the desk. I have a dream that one day this will be our reality.