Saturday, January 18, 2003

Honoring Martin

On this, the the week-end of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, I can't help but reflect on his dream, and where it stands today. Personally, while I have so much respect for the people who sacrificed so much to acheive equitable treatment for all people in our nation, regardless of the color of their skin, and I am in awe at what they were able to acheive, it seems to me that the dream has fallen far short of fullfilment.

In our nation, we still tend to live in segregated neighborhoods, although this is probably due to economic factors as much as anything else.

We have yet to see a minority or a woman in the White House, although there are many more minorities and women in positions of power today.

There is a dearth of media coverage from minority or women's viewpoints. Actually there is a serious lack of minority programming on television, period.

Minorities have indignities that they have to endure, just because of the color of their skin. (I'm thinking of racial profiling, and the fact that minorites are treated differently by store security and shop owners when they are shopping, which I've witnessed, mysel, among other things.)

I could go on, but I don't want to risk giong into an over-long discourse.

I just want to add that Jennifer Balderama wrote a very interesting and thought-provoking piece about King and the media.

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