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Content of Character Instead of Skin Color means Nothing in Today's America
Popular role models for black youth.
Popular role models for black youth.
January 25, 2016

On August 28, 1963 a civil rights activist named Martin Luther King Jr. gave a famous speech called “I Have a Dream” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He called for an end to racism in America. He spoke of a dream where he would not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character. His speech was delivered to 250,000 civil rights supporters during the March on Washington.

The March and King's speech put pressure on President Kennedy to advance civil rights legislation. King was named “Man of the Year” in time magazine and was awarded the Nobel peace prize. Suffice it to say, Martin Luther King Jr. was a historical figure. King's speech has been commemorated by three former Presidents including the current President.

How would today's African-American react to a Martin Luther King Jr.? He was famous for avoiding civil disobedience, not something you would see today. After the events in Ferguson, the riots in Baltimore, killings of police officers and the racist black lives matter movement, one would find it hard to imagine something as tame as civil disobedience.

Groups like the NAACP, the Black Panthers and the democrat party have no intention of seeing any black man judged on his character. King fought for civil rights while these groups fight for special privileges and votes.

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