Time magazine said this is one of the four best speaches of the 20th century. It is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I have a dream speech on the mall in Washington in 1963.
"I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficaulties 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 on the red hills of Georgia the sons of slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood... 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. I have a dream today...And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!...From every mountainside, let freedom ring. When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negroe spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Dr. King never saw his dream come true. I hope and pray I do but at 53, I doubt it. I am going to try to help the dream come true.
Over the past 17 years (as of August, 2014 33 years) I have lived in Detroit. Most of that time was in mostly black neighborhoods. 10 of those years I was in a mixed marriage. I lost everything I had because I gave two black men a tax season job. My ex wife and I went to restaurants and found glass in our food. Waited to be waited on while people that came in after us ate. I lost most of my so called friends because I went to a black woman. I went though a lot because I happen to be an oero (reverse Oreo). I began to become a bigot against my own race.
Many whites will read this and say, "Gee I was going to give him a try but not after reading this." Sorry about that.
I like people. The human race is a rainbow of people. Brown. white, red, yellow and colors in between. About the only people I don't like are rednecks but even some of them grow on you.
When I lost my business before my people and I did change some
minds of about 20 rednecks. It was worth it.
© Copyright 2001 Lee W. Gaylord
As of the beginning of 2015 the situation is worse for people of color. Apartheid is stronger than the 60s. With the drug war and prison system slavery is back. It is not the new Jim Crow but the old one on Steroids.