Response to “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

As I was reading this article I was reminded of the examples of racism that I have seen, mostly in books and movies. One example that I thought of was fictional, but an example of how racism probably was in the time period that it took place. The first example I thought of was The Help. I have read the book and seen the movie and both show many aspects of racism as the lives of African American maids called “the help” are depicted in Mississippi in the early 1960s. At times the book was difficult to read and the movie was difficult to watch because it was terrible to see people treated so unfairly. It showed examples of white people not wanting to use the same restroom, drinking fountain, or library books as African American people. This movie (and book) showed how much worse they are treated, specifically when an African American woman is treated cruelly by police officers when arrested for stealing a ring, and when the safety of another African Women is completely unimportant to a whole bus full of people when she is forced to walk home alone late at night. The examples of the African American women in this book being treated so badly, even though they were fictional, were eye opening to someone who hasn’t seen a whole lot of racism in real life.

I am lucky to live in a place where I haven’t seen a lot of racism. The schools I went to growing up were mostly filled with Caucasians, but those individuals who weren’t were always treated with as much respect and kindness as everyone else. I am blessed to have grown up somewhere where racism wasn’t a huge problem. I believe that everyone should be treated fairly no matter what they look like or what color their skin is.

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