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Is MLK’s dream fulfilled by Obama?

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King game his famous “I have a dream speech.”  He said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

There has been much ado with Barack Obama’s skin color and his upcoming inauguration.  While this is certainly a historic event, I do not believe Mr. King’s dream has been fully realized yet.  Certainly President Obama’s election is a noteworthy event, and he will be the answer to trivia questions for the next several hundred years.  Obama’s election is a wonderful step, but I don’t believe King’s dream has been fully realized yet.  Comments?

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11 comments on “Is MLK’s dream fulfilled by Obama?

  1. The dream probably won’t be fully realized until the election of a black man — or any other minority for that matter — is no longer “a noteworthy event.” 🙂

  2. MLK’s dream is on it’s way; but I have seen this election year another very ugly prejudice that has a long way to go.

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged based on their perceived religious beliefs but by the content of their character.”

  3. Yes, I agree. Part of me wonders if MLK would prefer less celebration regarding this inauguration. It seems that most of the celebrations are specifically because of the color of Obama’s skin. On the other hand, it is certainly worthy of celebration.

    Since I am a big sports fan, I think back to other “firsts”: Jackie Robinson, Texas Western, Doug Williams, Tony Dungy… Certainly in college and professional sports, King’s dream has been realized, and it will be nice to have the dream in all aspects of life, not just sports. Of course, without a first, there will never be a second.

  4. I’m thrilled that we were not only willing, but eager to put a person of color in the white house.

    That said, it appeared to me that for the most part, Obama was chosen because of the color of his skin and not because of the content of his character. The content of his character was never really examined in the public forum. So, it appears to me that Obama’s election was a rejection of Dr. King’s dream and more a reflection of national guilt in regard to race.

    What the content of his character actually is, remains to be seen.

    I am optimistic about how Obama will do. But I don’t have sufficient facts to support my optimism yet.

  5. Candleman, your post seems both pessimistic and optimistic at the same time. My sister voted for Obama, I voted 3rd party, and my in-laws all said they hated McCain, but voted for him anyway (they really wanted Romney.)

    I’m certainly willing to give Obama a chance. So far, I like many of his cabinet picks, and I think Biden was an excellent pick (much better than Palin). I do have a concern that he may be the next Jimmy Carter–a good man, not necessarily a good leader. I see that Newsweek is already comparing Obama to Reagan. I loved Reagan, but I think those are unfair comparisons at this early stage.

  6. I didn’t vote for Obama because I felt deliberately kept in the dark about who he is and what he stands for.

    I too, vote third party.

    I’m optimistic for two reasons. One, I personally see him the other way around. I think he is an amazing leader. His campaign was flawlessly executed. His organization skills seem better than any president I’ve observed. He seems to have clear objectives and is able to bring a broad base of support from a wide spectrum of constituents on board with his goals.

    Like I said before, I can’t see that there’s enough evidence to confer the title “good man” on him. I hope and pray he is a good man. Time will tell.

    The second reason I have for optimism is the ever present and underlying fact that God is in charge and the earth is fulfilling it’s purpose. Even if things turn out “badly”, wonderful, humbling, life changing experiences will bless the lives of God’s children – even in affliction. It’s all good!

  7. If we can all agree that it is essential to judgein order to choose wisely, particularly in terms of political choices, how is this judgement accomplished? Christ tells us that is it by their “fruits” that we judge others. What are the fruits of Obama’s life, his public service, his associations? How do we judge his character, or does character, i.e. virtue, really matter? Can a person be a “good” man and leader, and yet be surrounded by questionable actions and associations? Isn’t our character formulated by our associations? Obamas policies and associations have been complete abominations, there is no question on this subject. He has surrounded himself with every sort of deviant, and yet because he is an organizer, an orator, and a half-black man, we celebrate his ascendency to power.

    Sometimes even wicked men bring forth events that seem to be acceptable, and good men make mistakes which have far-reaching consequences. It can be difficult to judge. The fact that his policies are morally defunct, such as in the abortion issue, among many others, should at least raise a red flag.

    Myself, I distrust anyone who speaks too eloquently without saying anything of substance. What is hope? What is change? These words are as empty as the 8$ bag of cat food that has the word “Premium” on its label. Show me the fruits – it is the only way to judge.

  8. CChilds,

    I don’t know that eloquence (or lack of it) is a good enough justification to like/dislike someone. Perhaps you are misunderestimating the new decider of the country? 🙂

    For me the jury is still out, and I don’t like throwing stones just yet. If he ends up like Carter or Nixon, it will be easy enough to pick up stones at that time, but I don’t think it is appropriate to do so just yet. It is important to pray for him, just as with other leaders. I’m not sure I agree with his abortion stand either, but I’m not a one issue person.

  9. Mormon Times has a link to the post. Check it out at http://www.mormontimes.com/mormon_voices/today_bloggernacle/?id=5888

  10. i dont think Obama is part of the MLK, dream. in his speach he said not to judge by the color of the skin but the content of the character and it seems , even for some blacks that they have focused on obamas color of his skin and not on his content , yes he speaks very well but has limited history in Government but people seem not to care about that and only care that his is black and we need a black president. very sad and scary.

  11. Jesse,

    I don’t know where you live or if you’re republican. Since I live in republican country, I expect more republicans visit my blog. With some of these comments wary of Obama, I often wonder if people would leave more positive comments if Obama was republican.

    I voted for Obama in the primary, but not the general election. (I voted 3rd party.) I like Obama’s stance on energy independence, but I’m a little wary of his stance in Iraq. Overall, I do approve of his general direction at this point. I am surprised how closely he is following the Bush bailout package, and it seems to me the republicans in congress are playing obstructionist much more under Obama than they did under Bush, which I find troubling as well. I hope we inflation does not get out of control.

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