Most people focus on the “I Have a Dream” portion of the speech, but there was more to it. Martin Luther King’s speech was probably the single-greatest speech on social justice ever made. It not only led to serious movement on civil rights for black people, it also had a lot to do with the impetus for Great Society reforms.
White people, especially, need to listen to this speech very closely – the entire thing – because there’s a message for you in there, as well. If some people are unequal, all people are unequal. It’s that simple. The social inequality that is felt by some people now may someday be turned around on others later. Equality is equality, regardless of the color of one’s skin, the country of one’s heritage, the gender or sexual orientation one is born with, or any other arbitrary criteria people can come up with.
All (people) are created equal; it is humans who create inequality. If you believe in God, and you believe in God-give rights, you can’t possibly believe that different people should have different rights. Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King implored us to stop treating people differently, and start treating everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve. It’s about time we did exactly that.
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