The stock market closed, post offices shut down and government workers got a day off, to celebrate the legacy of civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr., a figure who helped desegregate America, create racial equality, and to this day is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. King and his late wife Coretta's eldest daughter, Yolanda King, said today was an opportunity for everyone to "live her father's dream." READ MORE
In King's legendary speech, "I Have A Dream," he wrote that he wished that one day his four children could, "live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
After his lifetime of philanthropy and working to better race relations in America, do you think MLK Jr. would be happy with the state of racial equality in the United States today?
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Here's What FOX Fans are saying:
"I do not think that Martin Luther King would be happy with the state of racial equality. I think the black leadership today has done more to segregate the races, than any group in recent history.
In his most famous speech, he clearly wants to have everybody judged for the 'content of their character' and, I believe, by a person's individual ability. Programs like affirmative action do not even touch on character. This is only an issue of the skin color. We, should be looking toward the future and at ourselves, in a much broader community; as Americans and nothing more.
The real beauty of our country is that we are so diverse. All races and minorities need to embrace this rather than allowing our diversity divide us." — Suzanne (Gainesville, GA)
"Martin Luther King Jr. would be appalled at the state of racial relations in America. His basic premise was racial equality. However, what is seen today is a continuation of divisive practices. Among these is the insistence of people to be sub-classified as African American, Asian American, Mexican American, and so forth. This cannot continue if we ever want to see the realization of Dr. King's dream. I am an American, and all of the folks with which I come into contact are all Americans as well — period. Perhaps I am in the minority here, because I treat all human beings equally, with no regard to their skin tone. I talk the talk and walk the walk. If my daughter were to introduce me to her boyfriend of a darker or lighter skin tone, I would approve, if he came from a strong family and had Christian values. It's just that simple. For our country to become the dream, it will take effort from all races in our country. We should all consider ourselves to be Americans first. Then it would be easier to judge each other on merit vice skin tone." — Jeff (Huntington, WV)
"No, he would not be happy at all. He would be acutely disappointed that the gains he fought and died for were squandered by rejection of ample educational opportunities and embracing of subcultural lifestyles. He would also be appalled that many of the very same civil rights leaders he mentored are now make a living for themselves by using racial rhetoric, and exploiting the politics of racial division, rather than integration."— Ed (Redmond, WA)
"No, he would not be. Signing laws into effect is one thing, but Dr. King didn't just want the intent to dwell on paper alone — he wanted it to dwell in our hearts. The next step is to own the idea and pass it on to our children and there it will multiply and become part of our every day fabric. It is hear that we have fallen short. Too many children are coming of age filled
with resentment rather than understanding. Filled with anger rather than love. This is where we need focus." — Joel (Berkeley, CA)
"I think Dr. King would be very happy with the progress that this country has made since the 60s, but he would be saddened by the deep seeded hatred that still exists in some people and by the exploitation and/or irresponsible behavior done by many of his 'activist colleagues' for their political gain." Al (Brooklyn NY)
"I think he'd be pleased with the way other races opened up their hearts and minds to African American progress." — Dennis (Astoria, NY)
"I really don't know how he would feel. I think that significant progress has been made in racial equality. However, the 'content of their character' factor has fallen across the board among all races and ethnic groups and I'm not sure that MLK wouldn't actually prefer life in the 60's to what goes on now." — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)