History is so important, yet so often forgotten or taken for granted. It’s crucial to remember how we got here and who brought us here in order to understand why things are the way they are. I was thinking about this during the inauguration yesterday. When we were at Amsterdam News, I saw a poster that had a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. and next to it, it said ‘the dreamer’ and then a picture of Obama , which had the words ‘the dream’ next to it. That spoke volumes to me and I thought about how we have made so much headway. Not only because we have an African-American president for the first time, but because we as a country have made strides toward the equality of all people. Gay marriage has become legal, people with disabilities are being given more opportunities than ever before, faith groups are becoming more recognized and accepted and there is so much to be thankful for. There is still progress to be made, but we have come far.
I think that when MLK made his speech, he wasn’t just striving toward racial equality. When he said that he hoped his children could live in a place where their skin color wasn’t judged, but rather their character, I think he envisioned an America where no one is judged based on their skin color, beliefs, disabilities, etc., but rather they are given opportunities based on credentials and character. I believe in America and I believe that one day we can become a country that values diversity, in all forms, more than we do now.