To Catch a Dream

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Floyd Ogle
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11 September 2008

To Catch a Dream

On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., possibly one of the most eloquent, and certainly one of the most passionate men to ever share his heart, delivered a stunning and earth shaping speech. He delivered this speech not only to over 200,000 people in attendance at the Lincoln Memorial, and not even to a nation struggling with the perils of racism and equality, but to generations of people who share in a dream and strive for freedom; a dream that many still dream today. Even though we are closer now than at any point in history, we have yet to experience the freedom of which Dr. King dreamed.

Racism is not a problem only in America, most every nation deals with racial issues on some level. Though none of us could ever forget the tragedy of the Holocaust, we tend to forget that it was racially motivated. Hitler’s goal was to exterminate the Jewish people. “Anne Frank was murdered by the Nazis in Bergen-Belsen [concentration camp] for being a Jew, just one of over one million Jewish children to be killed in the Holocaust” (Melchior). The Holocaust, while the most prominent, is not the only example of ethnic cleansing that the world offers. Darfur, the Sudan, Croatia, and Kosovo, just to name a few, have all dealt with this racial horror. South Africa, as well, deals with racism. As the political power shifts toward black South Africans, white South Africans face continual racial violence (Russell). By taking a broad look, it would appear that even though America is a relatively young nation, we have greatly overcome racism when compared to the majority of the world.

Though it has been nearly 150 years since President Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation, a black man is still not free in America. Certainly, no longer bound with the chains of slavery, but he is…...

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