Originally created 08/05/99

Wants ideals preached to be practiced

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches in American his-tory: "I Have A Dream."

In that speech Dr. King declared, "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 character." Even today Dr. King is admired and considered an instrumental part of the civil rights movement. But, Dr. King's ideal of being judged based on character is neglected. Many Democrats and blacks ignore this ideal.

Americans who do not live in the South have been taught that the South is a conglomerate of all the white racists. A predisposition to believe someone is a racist just because they are white is a judgment based on the color of their skin. This is a contradiction to what Dr. King wanted.

Another contradiction, just recently, was with President Bill Clinton who was "caught with his hand in the cookie jar," yet he insisted it was not true. Black organizations and the Democratic Party downplayed the fact that Mr. Clinton did not tell the truth. Many levelheaded people believe that lying is a character flaw. Yet, many blacks and Democrats describe Mr. Clinton as a respectable man. Is this the type of character Dr. King would approve of?

Affirmative action is a direct contradiction of what Dr. King preached. A person who has acquired a job based on skin color is exactly what Dr. King wanted to change. Dr. King wanted people to be judged based on their conduct, honesty, work ethic and values, all of which are character traits. After reviewing these facts, we can see that what Dr. King wanted and preached is now overlooked and trampled on. As a society we have degraded a man who did so much to propel us past the days of segregation. We need to review what Dr. King has taught us and put into practice what he preached.

Ryan H. Beaty, Evans


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