Race is Still a Factor in America

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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” (Dr. King, Martin “I Have a Dream” Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. 28 August 1963). It has been fifty-one years since Dr. Martin Luther King J.R. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. It is evident that human beings who are considered to be African- American have made several outstanding achievements since the times of segregation; they have obtained the same suffrage rights, the same job opportunities, and many more privileges that were previously denied to them by their Caucasian counterparts. Though the people of African- American decent have come a long way since the early times of segregation, are they truly seen as equals to the people around them? Have African- Americans been able to obtain the equality Dr. King dreamed of? The answer is no, the idea of being thought of on the same level as people that were born with lighter skin is still merely an unattainable fantasy. Equality for the African-American people does not exist due to social limitations that society has created during the slave era. Living in a time that there are so many crucial decisions to be made, it is important that every individual voice is heard. For that to happen equality must be practiced; what is the true definition of ‘equality’? Equality is the state of being “like or alike in quantity, degree, value, etc.” The concept of equality has been elusive for many Americans to be able to understand and accept; dating back to colonial times, where slavery obviously ruined the notion of equality. Africans were captured and taken as slaves due to their 'uncivilized’ way of life. Th... ... middle of paper ... ... equality will never exist because there will always be someone, or a group of people, above someone else. The only way for there to be true equality is to have a totalitarianism form of government; but that goes against the freedom that America stands for and provides for its citizens. True equality is virtually impossible to obtain. Instead of trying to obtain a place where human beings are all the same, one must work to create a nation where people are considerably equal in that legal injustices, racism, and discrimination do not exist. If equality is an idea that is unattainable, then one should strive to create and live in a society that is governed not by physical appearances and bigot ideology but rather a society where one is judged by his or her actions, accomplishments, and resolve to succeed: that is what people believe America should strive to become.

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