Forty five years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Tonight in Denver, the first step to a post-racial America will be made when Sen. Barack Obama accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination as its candidate for President of the United States of America.
Tonight’s event at Mile High Stadium is the embodiment of Dr. King’s declaration: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
To me and others who grew up in the late 60s and 70s, that sentence rang in our ears every time the the cauldron of racial tension began to boil. Whether it was the controversies surrounding Judge Bruce Wright‘s judicial policy, the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum, the blatant racial and media manipulation in the Tawana Brawley circus or the issues raised in any Spike Lee movie, Dr. King’s words were always the best advice.
…But by the content of their character.
So, on one of the most hopeful and historic days of our lifetime, I stumbled upon another inflammatory post – claiming to be from Brooklyn Heights – on the vigilante blog I Saw Your Nanny:
ISYN: I saw an African American nanny in Brooklyn Heights in the Pierrepont Park off the promenade with chunky red stoned jewelery and chunky red earrings and a red belt, with a long black ponytail wig, on the heavier side, with a blonde boy around 2, could be older or younger.
The boy was buckled into a stroller and while she was chatting with friends the boy repeatedly tried wrestling out of the straps over an hour period while the nanny completely ignored the child. There were 3 other African American nannies in the park who were ignoring their crying kids in the stroller while chatting to their friends, don’t have descriptions. All i could say is that i was horrified and heartbroken for those kids and if i had to leave my children home to go to work i would:
1)buy a nanny cam and starve for a week if i had to
2)come home from work early and spot check on them in the park
3)send friends to spot check on them
4)maybe not hire heavy nannies who don’t want to move their bodies
4)hire someone to follow them around for one day and would find out lots
Yes America still has a long way to go when it comes to everyone just getting along.
In 2004, Sen. Obama gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. I never understood how people felt when they heard Dr. King or Bobby Kennedy speak in “real time”, to experience history as it happened and as it was relevant. After Obama spoke, I had an idea. It’s a shame that a site like ISYN is embracing the social mores of America’s past then to seize the opportunity to enjoy the vast potential of its future: