In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"I have a dream that one day my fellow Black Americans will open their eyes to the world filled with self-hatred that they themselves have perpetuated throughout the years. I also have a dream that tomorrow the sun will rise on a new generation of prosperous young black people will emerge from the shadows that once consumed our future and rise up against the stereotype. We fail to realize that the foundation laid down for us by the great freedom fighters in our past is crumbling right below our feet and will continue to do so until we see that we are a part of the problem. As a race, we struggle with the concept of our own fight for freedom and equality; and I am not referring to freedom from “the Man” as is usually presumed. I am, however, referring to freedom from the mental blocks that we and society have put in place and that our youth grow up believing. In the year 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. whilst giving his I Have a Dream speech said, “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” These are noble words that seem simple to follow and live by, but yet we fail to do so; and it is not because we are unable, but because we are unwilling. We are willing to accept that we are not good enough to achieve the same goals as the White community due to the color of our skin and while this may not necessarily encompass every racial situation, this is one prominent problem that needs to be addressed."
"We Need to Share a Dream,"
Verbum: Vol. 11
, Article 20.
Available at: http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/verbum/vol11/iss2/20