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“I Have A Dream!”

Since we are on a theme of bullying, homophobia, racism and human rights this week,  coincidentally on this day, August 28th, 50 years ago  the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in Washington and gave his memorable speech, “I have a Dream!”.  I’ve included the Youtube video of his speech.

This morning, The Montreal Gazette reported over 100 churches were ringing their bells in honour of the famous Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.. MLK;   I wonder what the Reverend King would have to say about America’s current president.  Society is slowly changing, I hope in regards to racism as well as any type of intolerance.    A brilliant blogger and writer/poet  read an interesting sentence to me yesterday, nokindofmagic “Maturity and strength of society is best found in the way it treats minorities.”

Wouldn’t it be great that this would be a sign of a mature society and that we would also “embrace” our differences!.   Namaste

Related articles:

CBC News World

The Montreal Gazette



A little bit about moi: I am a mom, a nana, a sister, a woman, a friend, a human being…a youth counsellor, Family Life Educator. I have been working in the helping profession for over 25 years and volunteered in various capacities from youths to seniors. Tournesol is my nom de plume for haiku and other Japanese form poetry here at Tournesoldansunjardin I hope you enjoy reading through my daily waka. I also have another blog "Stop the Stigma" where I may stand on my soapbox now and then and hope it will become a place to drop in and share or comment on issues important to you. In that vein this could be a great way to learn from each other. Namaste!

4 thoughts on ““I Have A Dream!”

  1. First of all I would like to say I’m honoured that you’ve mentioned my name here, though I’m not quite sure if I deserve the adjective used. Also I would like to apologise, but because of your kindness and warm welcome I got here, I might become a commenting stalker (I always warn my friends about dangers of ‘overpetting’ me :D).

    I’m not familiar with life on the other side of the ocean and my opinion is only based on my experience.I must say that though racial discrimination is not as widely accepted as it used to be (to think that discrimination was socially accepted, ugh…), there is still much to be done in th field of equality. I grew up in a small town where every adult looked the same, so you can imagine my childish curiosity when I saw an African foreigner for the first time. To be honest I almost twisted my neck looking back over my shoulder. It was a clear sign for me that my world was changing, but in a good direction. I always envied my favourite characters from various American TV series for living in a great, varied world. That man I saw for me was the first sign of progress in my society.

    Recently I was listening to a journalist claiming that (I can’t find exact quotation now) “black pupils are worse students and it’s confirmed in statistics”. I guess it’s a common problem for some right winged journalists/politicians. They might understand a fact, but they draw false conclusions or bend them to their needs. The problem lies not in race (my blood is pressure going up), but in equal opportunities (and I would like to see these statistics, but he forgot to give source of this information, not very academic, you must admit).

    Sometimes I can’t unerstand one thing. We know what happened in the last (let’s make it simple here) two thousand years. Isn’t it enough to learn from mistakes made by our ancestors? Fortunately there are amazing blogs like this, it really helps me think positive.


    1. Well, I have been warned so I will try to… make my response shortER 😉 I agree with what you say. I grew up in a small town too but like you, my exposure to the big city was awe, curiosity and urge to explore and discover more. That statistical result IS certainly wrong…it all depends on the variables and you are correct in saying that it is opportunity, economy and so many other factors. So pooh on that guy. The danger is that some people believe this… are in 2013, we are supposed to be smarter than that and always question things but those who accept it without question are often biased already…slanting in that mindset and that just makes them say nodding vehemently, “Oh yeah, that confirms my thoughts…blah blah blah” shame on the whole slew of them. Thank you for your comments, very insightful and for your feedback about my blog being positive. That made me smile. Namaste


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