Approximately 100 years after the Civil War (1861-1865), the war that was supposed to last just 90 days, the war that cost 620, 000 soldiers and an undetermined number of civilian casualties their lives.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
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.
I have a dream today.
Martin Luther King, Jr. The "I have a dream" speech. 28 August 1963.
NOW. 143 years after the Civil War.
Yes, we can most certainly believe in change.
I just watched the news. Barack Obama won more votes from white people than Sen. John McCain. Truly, this shows that just maybe, we don't judge by appearances anymore. After centuries of persecution, centuries of being massacred, after centuries of being enslaved, after centuries of being discriminated against.... THIS is true strength of character. To rise above when everybody else thinks you can't do it. THIS is the meaning of will power, of determination.
As Obama put it..
It gives us a hope for a new, and hopefully better beginning. For some inexplicable reason, I felt touched when I was watching the news. Even though I'm not an American, even though I'm not black.. I felt touched. To see someone rise above discrimination, persecution, slavery, petty hate.. and STILL not blame anyone for it, but look to a brighter future. It is just so commendable.
Congratulations, President Obama. =)