In the United States and Canada, Martin Luther King’s Dream Has Yet To Be Fully Realized

Racism Remains a Cancer to Contend with  in Both Countries

“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.” – from the iconic address that the late American Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered during the Civil Rights Movement’s historic March on Washington in August of 1963

A Brief Commentary by  Doug Draper on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States

Posted January 20th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

When the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. became a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 195os, many Black people in his own country were forced to endure segregated schools, washrooms and water fountains, had to sit at the back of the bus and had a difficult, if not impossible time exercising their right to vote in elections.

Today, more than 50 years after his assassination, much progress has been made in eliminating those and other racial barriers.

To the shock of many in Niagara, Ontario, this swastika was discovered one morning in January of 2018 on a sidewalk in front of Harriet Tubman Public School in St. Catharines where, only months earlier, teachers and students gathered to unveil a statue  to Tubman, in honour of her courageous work, guiding slaves from the American south to freedom in the 1800s.

And yet, voting rights for people of colour remains a serious issue in many regions of the United States, and the country has a president – supported by a hard-core 40 per cent of the voting population – who has an open, seemingly proud history of claiming America’s first Black president, Barrack Obama, is not an American-born citizen (therefore de-legitimizing him and of wanting to wall off and cage people of colour at the country’s southern border.

Lest we who live on the north side of the U.S. border get a little too self-righteous about all of this, there have been reports of a rise in hate crimes in Canada in recent years. We’ve also seen some code words and phrases like “old-stock Canadians” and “barbaric Cultural activities” creep into our politics in Canada in recent years around people of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

In thi day and age, with a rise in populist, nationalist and white-supremacist movements in democratic countries around the world, each and every one of us has got to be extra vigilant and determined to keep the essence of Martin Luther King’s dream alive, and something that we strive to realize.

Hate speech and hate crimes have unfortunately been on the rise in Canada in recent years. This was found, a year ago, on the walls of a public school in Vaughan, Ontario

Love and acceptance of one another has to begin in our homes and our schools, and continue through every walk of our lives.

  • Doug Draper, NIAGARA At LARGE reporter and publlisher, in Honour of Martin Luther King Day< January 20th, 2020

To watch and listen to Martin Luther King’s historic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, click on –

An ad former U.S. vice-president  Joe Biden came out with in 2019 when he launched his campaign when he campaign for the presidency, says a lot about the state of race relations in his country today –

For media coverage on white supremacists in Canada, click on  –

For a CBC  on how racism seems, too often, to find a home in today’s brand of right-wing, conservative politics, click on  –

Here is a related story, published in 2016 in Canada’s National Post – 2016 article, National Post –

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