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Has Martin Luther King's dream been realized? Teens answer [Copy link] 中文

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This week we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his monumental effect on civility, equality and peace in America. From a time devoid of social justice, King stood out and continues to stand out as a pillar of progress in America. But can King's dream truly be realized? The Life in Perspective teen board considered King's efforts to challenge the status quo and our own generation's efforts toward equality.

-- Aaron DeVera, Foothill High School (Pleasanton)

I have always believed Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream could become reality, especially in California. Of all the states, we have one of most diverse, accepting and welcoming atmospheres. Not only can we openly be friends with and form relationships with people of ethnicities other than our own, but we can experience their culture and lifestyle as well. For example, in a major shopping mall's food court it wouldn't be unusual to have a choice of Thai, Italian or Mexican food -- all in one convenient place. While it may not be something we often dwell on, having that many options at your disposal wasn't always the case. Nor was a white person sharing the water fountain or bathroom with "colored" folk. Now, white people can be classmates, co-workers and friends with people of any ethnicity or cultural background. Our generation is living proof that King's dream would one day become reality. We are living his dream now, and just as he said,

"little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."

-- Gino Mascardo, De La Salle High School (Concord)

Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream will become reality when race isn't what's used to think of people as different. His dream was that everyone would be equal, and no one would be thought of as different. That won't happen until race isn't a big issue. If we apply for something like a job or scholarship, it asks for racial background. Why should that matter at all? I think that progress has been happening very slowly. However, there is still racism in my community. Where I'm from, most racism is directed toward Latinos. People say they don't belong because they're not from here, and assume that they don't know English because they also speak Spanish. Also, I know people who voted for President Barack Obama just because he was black, not because of what he stood for. King's dream will not become reality until everyone is considered equal to one another.

-- Assia Day, Mount Eden High School (Hayward)

Martin Luther King Jr. once had a dream. That dream, forever ingrained in every American's mind, already has become a reality and is only becoming more real as time goes on. Infringement of the 14th Amendment results in strict scrutiny in the courtroom, proving how seriously the U.S. government considers racial equality to be. Governmental policy has lived out King's dream, setting the trend for Americans in their own lives. It would be easy to say that our country does not treat all people equally, especially after the Sept. 11 attacks and the influx of illegal immigrants. However, socially, our country is considerably more conscientious, understanding and respectful of all people now than it was in King's day. Never before in history have people been judged by the content of their character more than by the color of their skin. Our own president is living proof. Our society is much more blind to factors such as race and gender than it was only decades ago. Today, individuals have the freedom to get to where they want to be based on their own merit, as made especially visible in the workplace and the classroom. We are living King's dream and will continue to do so. "We are free at last."

-- Stephanie Steinbrecher, Carondelet High School (Concord)

It's easy to say that Martin Luther King Jr. was a man with dreams too big to dream and goals too high to reach. It's easy to say that his dream will never become reality because segregation will always exist, no matter where you go, no matter how far you go. But when I look around my third period French class, this is not the case at all. I am able to sit next to an African-American girl and a Scottish boy, and there is nothing that interferes with the friendship the three of us share. We are blind to the colors of our skin, but we are open to the thoughts and dreams we each hold. Together, we learn a language different from our native tongues.

King dreamed a dream of equality, and fought peacefully to see the reverie achieved. More than four decades later, racism still lurks in our cities and towns, but only because we believe equality is impossible. But now it is time for us to make King's sweet dream an even sweeter reality with his blueprint for addressing racism in a nonviolent way. King's dream will become reality, one day. You just wait.

-- Kelsey Wong, Irvington High School (Fremont)

Dr. King dreamed of a peaceful world where all people are loved and accepted; it's easy to see we aren't there yet. Some may argue that the civil rights movement ended in the 1980s, but they're wrong. It's happening now. Just the other day, I read an article about math problems in Georgia that revolved around slaves. Additionally, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community still hasn't been accepted by a large portion of our society. The controversy surrounding Proposition 8 continues to divide our state. This is our time to make a difference. The next steps we take will be challenging but well worth it. Small steps -- such as establishing safer communities, educating ourselves on other's point of view or even exposing young children to diversity -- will make a difference in our communities and, in turn, our country. Already we're making strides toward more equality. Most of all, by spreading King's message of peace, love and acceptance we can make a difference, and we will.

-- Brenda McIntire, Las Lomas High School (Walnut Creek)

The goal or idea for this world to eliminate discrimination is in an even larger scope than world peace. Both require all people to settle their differences over histories of oppression, eliminate territorial disputes, find one single ideology in terms of lifestyle and beliefs, establish no difference between themselves and others and, most importantly, be happy with their own lives. Essentially, every aspect of a utopian society would have to be fulfilled on a global scale in order to end discrimination. The oddity of it all is that the end of discrimination isn't used as much in hyperbola as world peace. Strides can be made (and have been made) toward lessening prejudice in overt and covert forms, but it would take a massive shift in the modern world to achieve the full scope of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream.

-- Daniel Wetherell, Athenian School (Danville)

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

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-- Marisa Chow, home-schooled
I hear about 10 race jokes a week, aimed at almost every race we have at our school. We teenagers are great at using every slur and stereotype, and making a joke of them. And even though that may sound like a terrible atmosphere to be in, it isn't. I honestly think this attitude shows progress and hope in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. The comfort we feel with a multicultural society is apparent in the fact that we can joke about topics that once were synonymous to death. When we are laughing at stereotypes, we are ridiculing them and showing we don't subscribe to them. Don't get me wrong -- there are lines that should not be crossed, and sometimes are, showing we have a long road ahead. But I laugh at jokes about Indians that smell like curry, not offended because I know people don't see me that way. Laughter is the best medicine, and if we can laugh about it, we can move past it, and we can one day soon, not care about the old topic of race at all. Though this may not have been King's ideal progress, I think that through laughter and ease with race, our generation can one day prove his dream of a place where "children will be judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character" to be a reality.
-- Shalaka Gole, California High School (San Ramon)
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that one day, one's race would not matter and we would all be treated as equals. Unfortunately, almost 50 years later, that dream still hasn't come true. In my psychology class this year, we learned that racism is inherent. It is an instinct that comes from our primitive days, when people who looked different from the people we lived with were likely to attack us. These days, that instinct is no longer relevant, so we learn at a young age from our parents and other adults that racism is wrong. The problem is, not everybody learns that as a child, and to learn something as an adult is much more difficult. The only way for King's dream to come true is if the people of the world become more open to learning new things and stop fearing change. At some point in our lives, many of us close our minds and no longer are willing to learn. But the idea that different is bad has to go. Humans typically fear change, but only when we can all be open to new ideas will King's dream become a reality.
-- Sara Chavez, Clayton Valley High School (Concord)

I believe Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial equality is possible, but tensions do exist. They exist because of many factors, including economic pressures. When different types of people apply for the same jobs or spots in school, there's a level of competition that can quickly escalate. Ultimately, King's dream to have equal education regardless of race is difficult to realize because public schools today are facing many severe budget cuts. In order for racial equality to be achieved, we need to change the way television and pop culture portray people of different races. Many of the stereotypes are inaccurate and spread misinformation about different cultures. We also need the people on TV and in Congress to represent the people they serve, especially in terms of complexion. We cannot be racially equal in society if there is still an educational and economic disparity between races.
-- Kim Mejia-Cuellar, Media Academy (Oakland)

The week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day when I was in second grade, my teacher gave me and my class a picture of the man himself to color. After some searching, I found the perfect shade of brown to color in his face with, but I decided to color in his suit first. When I was ready to color in his face, I couldn't find the colored pencil I had set aside. I ended up having to use this horrendous orange-brown color that looked more like Snooki then natural skin color. It upset me so much that his face wasn't the right color. Looking back now, I realize the fact that I was more upset that I didn't color his face the right shade than the fact that I had to color him in at all is a positive confirmation that children are growing up during a time when a person's skin color doesn't matter as much. If every generation is raised caring a little less about different skin colors, then I believe that King's dream of a colorblind society can become a reality.
-- Sara Zollner, Castro Valley High School

I can remember watching the election of Barack Obama while I was a high school freshman. I did not think it was a big deal. Not because I didn't like him as a candidate and not because I thought the election of the next president of the United States of America was not an important decision. But, I remember watching Oprah crying on TV and my dad staring at the screen talking about how big this is. To them, it was inspirational that we live in a society where an African-American candidate can be elected to hold the nation's highest office. Now, Obama's election is not the only indication that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream has manifested itself in the 21st century. There have been so many changes from what King spoke about in his speech that it is impossible to see the staggering amount of social progress that has been made.
-- Beilul Naizghi, Hercules High School

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JFenix Post time: 2012-1-13 20:03
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Obomber is a New World Order puppet,a war criminal and a bastard.
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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