As I watch the “I have a dream” speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, I wonder what I could say to enhance his dream.
"All God's Children." There is no way to say that better than he did.
But, I have a dream that people will no longer be classified by race.
We have come a long, long way, but equality will never happen until we can see that we all are more alike than we are different.
It is human nature to want to belong to a certain group, a culture, that one can identify with. But, when all that is seen is “differences,” racism will fester.
We clung together as Americans—and nothing more—during and after the attack of 9/11. That should be the norm, not the exception.
My ancestors (Acadians) were forced here by the British after their property and land in Nova Scotia was taken. They were abused, raped, separated from their families, and many sent to the American colonies to work as indentured servants (slaves that had to work for years to obtain their freedom). We lovingly call ourselves Cajuns and embrace that culture, but we are Americans! Our ancestors forceably left their homelands, but became part of the new land that they helped build.
When I fill out a form that wants my race, I simply choose "other." Because no form can accurately account for the multitude of races that have come together to make me who I am today.
Let’s realize the great Martin Luther King’s dream fully, by making us all simply Americans!