Respond support it or disagree: Explain why you chose that postion.Now that America has selected its first Black president, one can now make the claim that Dr. King's dream has now been...

Respond support it or disagree: Explain why you chose that postion.

Now that America has selected its first Black president, one can now make the claim that Dr. King's dream has now been fulfilled. The fulfillment of this dream negates the need therefore of any and all organizations such as the NAAP and programs such as affimative action. American has finally proven that we have arrived as a nation at least in the area of race and all distinctions on the basis of race should be eliminated. This includes the eradication of race based scholarships, race based college admissions, the celebration of race events such as black history month, etc.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No, we have not fulfilled Dr. King's dream. This is obvious because high-ranking political figures make public racist jokes against him, and some refuse to accept he is legitimately American, let alone president. While it is an achievement that we have elected Obama as president, he has not been treated with respect by some because of his race.
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I have edited your question to make it more understandable. To answer your question, I cannot disagree more that America has "arrived." Race relations have unquestionably improved in this country; yet we still have far to go. Many older Americans were taught as children that separation of the races was sacrosanct. This doctrine, first endorsed in Plessy vs. Fergusonwas only legally overturned in 1957, and there are many who refuse to accept that it is no longer viable. Many Black Americans still suffer from discrimination, poor educational opportunities, and poverty. To eliminate these programs would stop progress where it is at the moment. The election of President Obama was a tremendous milestone; but it was not the finish line. Until such time as all Americans regardless of race have equality of opportunity and success, we are not there yet.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is, of course, a matter of opinion.

The first thing I would say is that the election of Pres. Obama does show that there has been a great deal of improvement in racial attitudes since the time when Dr. King was alive.  The election of a president who was even part African-American would have been unthinkable in those days.

As far as what that means for race-based programs and issues, I think that Pres. Obama's election does not mean that African Americans have actually achieved complete equality.  African Americans are still clearly overrepresented among the poor, among those in prison, etc.

But does that mean that race-based programs should be continued?  In my opinion, governmental race-based programs for admission to college and such should be discontinued.  I say this because I think that the white majority is coming more and more to see these as unfair.  I think that they look at things like Obama's election and they believe that equality has been achieved.  When they see race-based programs, it makes them angry and it makes them look down on people of color more.

I think that programs like that should be done on the basis of disadvantage.  They should take into consideration things like income, the educational level of one's parents, the quality of the high school one attends, things that are better indicators of disadvantage and need than race is.

So I believe that Obama's election proves that America has improved, but not that it is perfect.  However, I also believe that race-based programs are starting to outlive their usefulness and that there would be better ways to achieve the same important goals that they are supposed to be aimed at.

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