The "Emancipation Proclamation" freed this nation's Blacks from slavery but not oppression. Fifty years after "I have a Dream", this nation can't count the number of oppressions that still exist for many Blacks.
Many would quickly dismiss the oppression claim by saying, "But we have a Black president." However, a more realistic picture would be from the Bureau of Labor Statistic. Unemployment for Blacks has been double digits the entire time President Obama has been in office. Some would also respond quickly by saying, "It's the president's policies" but I see something else.
Before Obama was sworn into office, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was quoted, "I hope he fails." Limbaugh took advantage of a request to utter his version of "Shock and Awe." Then, nearly two years into Obama's presidency, Senator Mitch McConnell gave a speech where he said, his first priority was to make sure Obama was "A one term president."
Set to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "I have a Dream"; the greatest speech of the 20th Century. August 28, 1963, civil rights champ, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an inspiring speech that is sure to cause many to reflect fifty years to the day later.
Black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, returning from a walk to the store in a Florida town never made it back to his father because volunteer neighborhood captain, George Zimmerman determined he was up to no good.
Trayvon's parents lost any hope of a dream for their son due in major part to what most Blacks view as racial profiling and injustice from a "Not Guilty" verdict of Zimmerman's second degree murder trial.
Many of today's civil rights leaders have embarked on a "Justice for Trayvon" campaign with the blessings of Trayvon's devastated parents.
Published reports of a boycott of the entire state of Florida and the NAACP demand for a federal pursuit of justice for the man who killed Trayvon is leading the march up to what was supposed to be a time of celebration.
Since the root of this problem is that Blacks are not respected, I have proposed a solution that is designed to make a 21st Century statement of worth.
Renaming City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to that of "Trayvon Martin College San Francisco" would be only a starting point where young Blacks will be hard pressed to use the excuses that they are not valued. However, those who are thinking only of themselves, see my dream, as a bad one.
When I shared my dream with my young nephew who dropped out of CCSF several years ago, he responded with the smile of new hope for so many who have been uninspired by a higher education.