Whether we are white, black, Hispanic, male, female, gay, straight, German, Korean, atheist, or Catholic, we all know of one of the most powerful and influential speeches in history: Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. For me, this is important because there are endless forms of discrimination, and 50 years after this beautiful speech, all forms of discrimination still exist. We have progressed since 1963, but discrimination still exists in our world. It always will. But in America especially: Why the hate?
We can disciminate based on almost anything: race, culture, gender, sexuality, religion. We are taught (hopefully) that discrimination is wrong, yet we STILL do it. Adults do it, children as young as five do it. Why do we continue to pay attention to how we are different and think negatively about those differences?
To me, King’s speech was hopeful that these types of discrimination and hatred would be long over. Yet on a daily basis, even in America, hate and violence still happen today. Even smaller, less noticeable examples of discrimination against someone deemed “different” happen on a daily basis.
Readers, what do you think? Do we discriminate because there is something in our natural human nature? Is it simply natural for us to see differences? Or is it our environment? Maybe people in some places discriminate less than others. Are we taught to discriminate, or is it a part of being human to do so?