Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. People might debate whether King’s “dream” has materialized truly in today’s society, but at the very least, a majority of Americans have more freedoms today than they or their ancestors enjoyed in the years leading up to the famous march to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
King’s dream was one of racial harmony and equality for the citizens of the U.S. It’s a noble and noteworthy dream to have, especially in light of what others might think of the anniversary.
But I wonder if King would have the same dream today? I’d argue that his dream would have evolved to one that is already a desire among most living in the U.S. It’s the dream of attaining the American Dream—the ability to achieve prosperity and, perhaps, upward mobility through hard work. (more...)