“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." – Martin Luther King Jr.
What inequality would a person like Martin Luther King resolve in today’s society? Against what would King start a movement if he would have grown up in the 21st century rather than in the 21st? Would he confront the issue of abortion, immigration, or even religious differences? I believe that one inequality that stands out from all others is the acceptance of gays in society.
Reaching the goal of same sex marriage is a huge step in accomplishing gay equality. In most parts of the United States, same sex marriage is frowned upon and in most cases illegal. Progress is on its way though, with nine states legally accepting the marriage of a same sex couple. These states include Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Washington state, and recently, Washington D.C.
In national politics, homosexual equality has also moved forward drastically and while in 2004, 11 states defined marriage as only between a man and a woman, by the year 2010, “gay bans” were stopped altogether. With the arrival of the nation’s first openly gay senator in Tammy Baldwin, America is slowly but surely moving closer and closer at reaching the objective of equality. People should stop judging books by their covers and start accepting that the world is like a large library with books that have different beliefs, colors, and attractions. Would you visit a library that only had one type of book?
Blacks sitting in the front of public buses during King’s time were breaking the law. Nowadays, no one questions this normality. If Martin Luther King enforced such a drastic change to society by leading the American Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s, then who says that history can’t be repeated with the same goal in mind? The world needs to realize that it is only a matter of time until the gay couple living down the street will also be viewed as normal.
Martin Luther King had a dream of racial equality, and his dream was fulfilled and then some when four decades later, Barack Obama was sworn into office as the first African American President of the United States. This Monday marks an important day in the history of the nation. It is not only “Martin Luther King Day,” a national holiday that commemorates one of America’s great heroes, but it will also go into history as the day when Barack Obama began his second term as President. Barack Obama will be inaugurated on the footsteps of the Capitol; a mere stone's throw away from where King held his famous speech. The Mall in Washington, D.C. will be filled again with tens of thousands of people celebrating a special day, just like 50 years ago.
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