In Martin Luther King’s famous speech, he dreams of a time when all people of all races have the same opportunities as everyone else. With Barack Obama winning the democratic nomination, I have to ask: Are we there yet? Can anyone name anything that any racial minority are prevented to do? Think about it before you answer. Are there any laws at any level of government that discriminate against any or all races? There isn’t. If anything there are laws that discriminate in favor of minorities. Don’t have a higher GPA than someone in the majority? That’s alright. You’re accepted. Less qualified than a majority applicant? Doesn’t matter. You’re hired. For women, if you can’t pass the same physical requirement as men? We’ll just lower the standard. These examples are not equality. They are double standards. Double standards are not equality. If anything, the government is implying that minorities are unable to compete on a level playing field. I know a lot of people, regardless of race, would take any advantage they can get. If it was me, I would be insulted by the government’s implication of affirmative action.
For too long, minorities have been brutally discriminated against. Minorities got their rights by waging a very prolonged struggle. Unfortunately, nobody sounded a victory trumpet. No civil rights leader stood up and said, “We have finally achieved equal rights.” Minority activists are still fighting a war that no longer needs to be fought. As a result, they are undermining what they have accomplished, and not helping the people that they are representing. With rights and freedoms comes responsibilities. This is where the ball gets dropped. It seems like some people of minority races are so used to being the victim. They continue being the victim than taking advantage of the rights and freedoms that their previous generations didn’t enjoy. One example of this is when a minority is caught doing something wrong. Instead accepting the responsibilty of their guilt, they play the race card. For some reason, some people can not accept the fact that doing something wrong might have factored heavily as the reason why they are in trouble.
The problem that minorities face isn’t racial. It’s financial. Right now, our government are giving away billions of dollars in tax breaks, corporate welfare, and other kickbacks to the richest people. All the while, cutting back on services for the middle class and the poor. We need everybody of all races to let go of the past and unite as American citizens. Our government is robbing us blind. While we play the blame game about race. Right now is the time to wake up and live “The Dream”.