Vegas Tribune is published — and the temperature in the nation’s
capital was 83 degrees: just right if the humidity was not so high as
to make the day uncomfortable.
But even if the humidity was as high as double the norm, it would not
have been a reason to stop the 250,000 people who gathered to listen
to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in what is known as the now famous “I
Have A Dream” speech.
On August 29, the day after the “I have A Dream” speech, everyone in
the United States of America and perhaps even outside the U.S.
territory — every newspaper, every radio talk show, and every newscast
— kept that speech alive for a long time.
Every politician looking for the Black American vote and every person
wanting to give the appearance of being free of discrimination used
the name of Dr. Martin Luther King or connected to his speech in some
way as if they were knowledgeable about (or even experts on) Blacks,
slavery, or racial issues — when they never were before.
Words without action mean nothing and they become shallow and
meaningless; words without action to back them are more than
disrespectful to the listener: they are an insult to the very words
coming out of the mouth of the one who originated those meaningful
Maybe some of those public figures that use every opportunity they
have to talk publicly about Dr. King can use their time in private to
read about Dr. King and work hard to imitate him by following his
words to the T in order to make his dream a reality.
We need to start acting on those words that we so fanatically talk
about and refer to every time we are in front of a Black American with
whom we pretend to be friends.
However, it’s not only about everyone else acting the right way with
Blacks; it also should be the other way around: Blacks acting the
right way with the rest of the population as the Martin Luther King
“dream” speech tried to illustrate.
As the saying goes, it take two to Tango, and if Black people want
equality, no doubt the rest of the population wants equality also.
It should no longer be a one-way street; if Thomas A. Johnson, the
first Black reporter at Newsday, later opened the door for other Black
journalists at The New York Times, Lee Brown, the former owner of the
Las Vegas Sentinel Voice, should not have discriminated against a
non-Black journalist from writing a column in the only Black-owned
newspaper in the State of Nevada.
If Edward Rudolph Bradley, Jr. (Ed Bradley) could be part of the cast
of the well respected 60 Minutes television magazine show, the
management of Power 98 should never have told two non-Black
newscasters that they cannot have radio air time because they were not
Discrimination is a two-way street and not acceptable on either side.
Actually, discrimination should not exist on either side in any group,
and we are sure that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., if he were still
alive, would agree with us in that regard.
We have a dream that some day no one will blame anyone for a past that
should not have been part of our society and our world; but currently
that resentment still exists among the new generation that has been
brainwashed by a minority group of people who make a living by
dividing people, causing dissension on both sides of the aisle.
We have a dream that some day we will live with a clear mind and a
loving heart;that we will be able to become colorblind and become one
loving group of humans that respect each other— or at the least,
tolerate each other.
We have a dream that some day we will be able to make your dream a
reality because a dream is just a goal not made reality. We all dream,
but it is up to each of us to make that dream a reality.
We need to do all that in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who
showed us a different world, but not for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—
we need to do all that for ourselves and for the future of our
children, who deserve to live in a wonderful world that looks like his
Thank you, Dr King, for all you taught us and for the hopes and the
dreams you have put in our minds and in our hearts. Today we are all
proud of what you did for us and what you did to enhance the future of
this wonderful country. God bless you!