I Still Have A Dream

“One hundred [and fifty] years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred [and fifty] years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.

This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality”. We can never be satisfied as long as Negro teens are languishing in American prisons for a variety of minor and often fabricated offenses while criminal bankers who stole billions from the public are wining and dining in the White House. We can never be satisfied as long as those very same Wall Street executives who dragged the economy through the mud with their greed and received billions from the nation’s treasury as well as those who sell us their poison in the name of food are not only frequent guests at the White House, but invited to join the President’s cabinet. We can never be satisfied as long as insurance companies continue to raise their premiums even after a phony healthcare act and millions still remain without access to care or can’t afford the deductibles and co-pays in the richest nation of the world. We can never be satisfied as long as our workers, both black and white, are working harder than ever and remain poorer than ever with millions not able to find work and as long as students’ tuition keeps rising while the rich keep getting richer. We can never be satisfied as long as the rich keep sending our youth to endless wars of colonial conquest and killing thousands of colored people overseas so they can get even richer. We can never be satisfied as long as our President who can only win the White House through corporate financing to the tune of over a billion dollars continues to kill entire families in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere, with his prized new killing machines called drones in the name of “war on terror”. And we can never be satisfied as long as the government of the rich and by the rich continues to take back freedoms and rights we and others before us fought hard to win, all in the name and pretext of “war on terror”.

“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream”.

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