There is great excitement in Washington as the United States prepares for the inauguration of Barack Obama. Those of us who supported equality of civil rights for all citizens feel that the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. is closer. In his famous speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, MLK said:
“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.”
Ever since the days of emancipation, black people and other minorities have struggled for acceptance into American society. Lyndon Johnson signed more education bills into law than any other president, thereby creating a melting pot which forced young people of all races to look at each other closely and find out that they were not that different after all.
Separatists movements like “Black Power” and “Ebonics” failed to get mainstream acceptance, and rather than ending up with a black and white America, we are uniting into a single America. Interracial personal relationships no longer have the stigma that was so prevalent in the 1960s. Barak Obama embodies many of the characteristics and goals of today’s America.