On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr gave the famous “I Have a Dream” speech before thousands on the National Mall in Washington, DC. In the speech, King said,
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.
King dreamed of a nation where all people are judged by the content of their character and not according to the color of their skin, but fifty years later, some government officials continue to disagree.
In Lakeland, Florida, for example, politician Steve Wade said at a September 4 budget meeting: “Here in Lakeland we’re seeing everything . . . Our black community in the northwest section — not just the gangs, but just a culture that has really gone backwards, almost like animals.”
When confronted about calling African-Americans animals, Wade stood his ground. “Except for me using the word animals, everything else was true,” Wade said. “They aren’t acting like human beings should be acting.”
In nearby Fruitland Park, Florida, Deputy Chief of Police David Borst resigned after the FBI turned over a report linking Borst to the Klu Klux Klan. The Klan is a white-supremacist organization formed in 1866 to prevent African-Americans from exercising their civil liberties.
Recently, Darren Wilson, a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. [Click here for Ferguson coverage by PoliticalBlindSpot.com.] Mass protests occurred as a response, leading to police over reaction. On August 12, a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri, said to black protesters, “Bring it, all you f***ing animals! Bring it!”
During June 2013, in Dallas, Texas, a white 911 operator, April Sims, said on her Facebook page, “Black people are outrageous! They are more like animals, they never know how to act … Always causing problems.”
Earlier this year, Chris Arnade wrote in The Guardian that “We as a nation applaud ourselves for having moved beyond race.” But wrote that even he had to recognize, after touring the cities and small towns of America, that “we are still a deeply racist country.”