At the time MLK spoke those words, the world was not ready for accepting people based on their deeds and actions, but rather was focused more on skin color.
Today with Obama’s inagauration, one might suggest that MLK’s words spoken nearly 40 years ago, were prophetic… and in a way they were. But the election of Obama has turned MLK’s words of wisdom completely upside down. We have not judged Obama based on the content of his character, but instead we have judged him based on the color of his skin. More headlines and news reports have focused on Obama being a Black or African American rather than being the best and brightest individual for the job of President. MLK would be saddened by the rabid focus on Obama being black. So while many political hacks argue we’ve made history today, I would strongly argue otherwise. History would have been made, if the campaigns and the election of Obama was based entirely on him being the best and brightest candidate to be President. But from my vantage point we are far from living in a “post racial” society… oh quite the contrary. We still allow people to carry around labels such as Mexican American or African American… I ask: “Aren’t we all simply Americans?” To me it is a given if you were born here legally… you are an American… you are not African, Mexican, Polish, Klingon or anything else. You are simply an American. And until we get to the point, we are all simply Americans, there is no chance we are going to be able to move beyond race. To me it is insulting for people to insist they are Mexican American or African American. I am of Irish descent, but don’t label myself Irish American, I am simply an American. End of Story.
Does anyone seriously care if Obama is black, white, green or purple? I find this whole thing annoying at the minimum and disturbing at the maximum. We talk about wanting to be the idealistic country MLK talked about where everyone is judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin, so why in the hell does everyone make such a big deal about Obama being black. WHO CARES!!! He is simply an American… that’s it folks. Nothing more than a simple well educated American. That’s it! I make no distinction between African Americans, Asian Amerians… blah blah blah. You are either an American or you are not. We cannot be a nation of African Americans, or Hispanic Americans… that by its very nature is racist. And all the groups that have formed promoting all these different peoples are racist at their core as they want to distinguish one American from another based ONLY on skin color. We don’t need to comment on the heritage of other Americans other than if we are doing geneological studies… otherwise we are all Americans. So I say Obama is our next President… and that’s all he is… To single him out as the first African American demeans Obama as it suggests he is different from the rest of us Americans. Is he different… seriously? Other than being black, I presume he is just another American who has risen to the call of being President. Stop all the silly commemorative plates, and commemorative coins. Obama’s presidency is nothing more than America living up to its ideals. So as an American I simply say: “We have a 44th President and he is Obama”… end of story. Nothing more need be said or written about this issue.