Today marks a historic day in this nation. It is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's “I Had a Dream” speech. Today Obama will address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It is a remarkable reflection of how far we've come as a nation having the first African-American president commemorating this historic day for the Civil Rights movement and our country.
On this day we must ask ourselves: Has MLK's dream been fully realized?
While there is no doubt that our country has come along way in the last 50 years, one can't help but notice the rhetoric from some leaders of the black community and often from Obama himself in what appears to be an effort to divide us along racial lines. Dr. Ben Carson reflected on this important anniversary. He points out that MLK would be “extraordinarily pleased” by many of the things he would see today and disappointed by others. Dr. Carson says, “I think King would be waging a crusade against the marginalization of black lives in America.” You can read his entire piece here.
Recent polling shows that a disparity still exists between how African-Americans and whites view race. For example, a new CBS News poll found, “Forty percent of blacks say there is a lot of discrimination against African-Americans today, compared to just 15 percent of whites who say that.” While more than half of Americans believe that race relations are generally good, the number has slipped during the Obama administration. In fact, the view of race relations among blacks has slipped substantially since the Zimmerman verdict this summer. In terms of opportunities, the latest Gallup polling found the following: “While 60 percent of African-Americans today say whites have better opportunities than blacks to get jobs, just 39 percent say they believe whites and blacks have equal opportunities to get jobs for which they are qualified.”
We are not a perfect nation but we've made leaps to becoming a better nation. I will continue to discuss issues facing the African-American community and I hope that conservative African-American voices will be accepted and praised as worthy voices in an important discussion.