Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream

I think what I take most from this speech every time I hear it, is the declaration that "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."

That sentence is the quintessential definition of the ideals of America and the American character as it should be and as it often (but not always) is.

We are defined by our greatness and our highest ideals and those who lead us there. It is why I am and always will be optimistic about this country.

This video is 11 minutes and 51 seconds. It's more than worth the investment of time.

See You in court tomorrow.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think what I take most from this speech every time I hear it, is the declaration that "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."

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The dream is missing in action. We have affirmative action now so we can judge people by the color of their skin.

Rumpole said...

I disagree. We have affirmative action to rectify the injustices of the past. Whether or not the sins of the father should be visited upon the son is a discussion I would be happy to have. And indeed affirmative action is judging someone by the color of their skin albeit in a positive way. Careful readers know I do not approve of valuing anyone by anything other than their character, their intellect, their actions, and their values.

At best, affirmative action should be a limited program whose existence diminishes as generations are raised in a society that does not discriminate based on the color of a person's skin. What we do about systemic economic disenfranchisement is another question. But I'm busy working on a trial for this week, so my time is limited.

Anonymous said...

9:22: what an obnoxious email to send on a day intended to celebrate the life of a man who set the bar for humanity. Too bad for you that your bitterness keeps you from seeing the beauty in MLK's message.

Anonymous said...

I was in a park today with my family. I happened to see two girls, about 3 or 4 years old, walking along hand-in-hand, frolicking, playing, not for second noticing that they were different colors. On this day especially, it brought a tear to my eye. Every parent should sit their children down and play them the Dream speech; and if they'e old enough to understand "prophetic," play them Dr. King's last seech, made the night before he was killed. (Easy to find on YT.) Eerie, knowing what will happen.

Anonymous said...

Interesting fact. Martin had not prepared the I have a dream speech. He stated giving his prepared speech, and at some point, Mahalia Jackson called out, "Tell 'em about your dream!" He then launched into that impromptu dialouge that became known, rightfully so, as the greatest speech in the history of Western Civilization.

Rumpole said...

I am very uncomfortable about posting a comment in which someone asked whether a particular Judge would take a bribe. Its akin to linking a name to the question "when did you stop beating your wife?"

Outside of some proof this judge solicited a bribe, and I mean 100% iron clad proof, I cannot allow that comment to be published.

Anonymous said...

Character, now that's a word you don't often hear. A concept we should all be focusing on developing more of.

Rumpole said...

I'm getting on a plane here at Tamiami in a sec. If you find yourself in the State courts of our favourite federal blogger's law school state this week, come up and say hello and we can meet for some beans and chowdah after court.

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william said...

very inspiring speech...all of us just north of 50 know things have changed for the better...we strive for a more perfect union ..and I have a dream that Martin and Ted's dreams won't be diluted by Tea parties and others...Amercia elected obama with a coalition...and hopefully it shall remain true to the dream tonite in Mass senatorial election...

Anonymous said...

OK William. Good night. Sweet Dreams. Tommorrow you will wake up to reality.