All right, I’m going to catch hell for this, but I think it best to remember the man’s TRUE dream on the day we observe his birth. I’m sorry, Dr. King, that people have been ignorant of your words, resegregating themselves in the name of “preserving their culture.” Racism still runs rampant, especially here in the rural South, where ignorance runs rampant. We have decided that education should take a back seat to other “projects.” We teach the ridicule, not the embrace, of learning. Our priorities as a nation, as one people, are so skewed that mathematics and language take a back seat to football and soccer. There are those that would tell us that “ebonics,” “street speak,” and “redneck” are proper languages, and that we should accept them as culturally significant. I respond with a resounding NO! Ignorance should not be embraced or excused! If we are to survive, and to move ahead, and to truly realise the Dream he outlined for us on that day so many years ago, we MUST change the way we view the world! We MUST change our priorities! We MUST raise the “lowest common denominator” of our society. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and those links are becoming more and more numerous as time progresses.
On a final note, I leave you with this clip from the show Boondocks that I think, in its comedic effect, is quite profound: