Are we a society of minorities?
“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come,” said Victor Hugo. This week on OurValues.org, we’re discussing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful idea—his dream: What it meant then. And, what it means now.
Then, it meant that parents had to explain to their children why certain places were off limits to people of color. (Scroll down to see King’s remarks on this.)
Now, it means that a dramatic change has taken place. A dream is never fully realized—it’s an ideal—but we have made progress in realizing King’s dream.
Now, it means that my son can be contemplating the complexities of race and identity in America. (Scroll down to read his question to me, and my answer.)
How do Americans of all identities—of any identity—view themselves when the American “majority” becomes a “minority”?
Perhaps we need to stop looking at the Washington Dream speech as a plea from an emerging minority asking “us” as the “American majority” to allow them in—and, instead, realize that we’re all minority communities seeking to live together.
Everyone wants their children to have a seat at the table, and can dream about it, but no one “owns” the table.
The trend—the big historic shift since King’s time—is that we are becoming a society of minorities. That’s true in some regions of the U.S. more than others. The shift is far from complete. King’s dream is imperfectly realized.
But there is movement.
Do you agree that we are all minorities now?
How do you view the significance of King’s dream today?