Today as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday we must remember that although we will officially have a black president Tuesday at noon, Kings dream is not finished. We as a country and as a people have come so far in 45 years yet in many ways things remain the same. African-Americans make up roughly 14% of the population but make up over half of the prison population. Black males are missing from families and children are growing up without dads. Drugs, violence and poverty overwhelm the black inner cities which could be compared to some third world countries. The fight for democracy is not in Iraq or North Korea or Iran the fight is right here in our homeland where gun shots and death is a common tune on the local news. The dream deferred to inner city America where predominantly black Americans live. A dream that seems like only that, a dream.
In order to make this dream that Dr. King once had reality we must stop bigotry, arrogance and selfishness and return to our core values. One can never make it until they at least pull someone up with them. Some black leadership in our urban communities are too stuck on titles to actually get the peoples business done. We see neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago, parts of the Bronx and Brooklyn, east of the Anacostia river in DC, the West End of Atlanta and other impoverished areas where we have the audacity to gentrify the neighborhoods and push the poor out the door without at least giving a helping hand yet we worry about titles and the kind of cars we drive and the neighborhood with the family home (in the suburbs) with the 2.5 children and a family dog. We call that the American dream? It is only the American dream when every American can live their true dreams out or as our constitution so eloquently put it the pursuit of happiness. We must lose the crabs in a barrel mentality that has always existed among blacks. A dream deferred is not a dream that is no longer possible, it is just a dream put on hold. It is now time to make a real change. There are no more excuses.