Is there anyone who does not believe that Americans would benefit from harmony between and among the races? Racial discord can tear a nation apart and set people against each other on the basis of nothing but skin color. Just look around you. The races were at war in the years leading up to the Civil Rights movement and they are still battling in spite of the gains made by the movement. The virulent effects of racial discord on American society were why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed that one day Americans would judge each other by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. A lot of Americans of all races share Dr. King’s dream. I certainly do. There has been progress since those turbulent days of freedom riders, bus boycotts, sit-ins, and protest marches—there is no question about that. But the unfortunate reality is that nearly 50 years after Dr. King’s death, his dream remains just that: a dream.
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