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I Too Have a Dream

“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.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave a famous sermon at the Lincoln Memorial. I’ve read this sermon several times and once organized a one-day conference where actors read famous speeches, such as the Gettysburg Address and King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The young black actor who performed the King speech was electrifying. I will never forget it.

Much progress has been made in terms of racial equality. People of any race can vote, stay at any hotel, attend any sports event and achieve any success in life. We have even elected a black president. But there is also failure, even after years of new legislation and sometimes because of it. Affirmative Action, which requires employers and institutions to give special preference to minorities, produces unintended consequences of high unemployment and lower income among blacks and Latinos. All too often, minorities are held back by their own government, or by lacking a good education because of the welfare-nanny state.

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