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Today is the inauguration of our very first African American President of the United States. Barack Obama, after a long, hard campaign, will be sworn in as our 44th President, 46 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
According to a CNN poll, more than 2/3 of African Americans believe that King’s dream of race relations has been realized. According to this UPI article:
The CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll found 69 percent of blacks said King’s vision fulfilled since his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, just about doubling the 34 percent who agreed with that assessment in a similar poll taken last March. The results were released Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The number of whites saying King’s dream has been realized rose from 35 percent in March to 46 percent.
“Whites don’t feel the same way — a majority of them say that the country has not yet fulfilled King’s vision,” CNN polling director Keating Holland said.
What do you think? Has King’s dream been realized?
I’m leaning towards believing that King’s dream has been realized. Sure, there will still be racist incidents and racist people here and there, and race relations will fluctuate between better and worse, but it’s now possible for an African American to become the most powerful man in the world. I think that says something, and I think we need to acknowledge that we’ve blown past a major milestone. I’d rather focus on the positive, and I think we’ve come pretty far, perhaps far enough to say that we’ve achieved it.
What do you think? Poll below, comment as usual. (thanks, Mama Nabi for the cool poll program)