Race, Identity, and Hope in America the Melting Pot

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The United States is a country of immigrants. A place where people hope for new opportunities, a better life, success, and equality. People from all over the world migrate to the United States the land of opportunity. Some come by choice expecting a better life then their home land, others escape their home land because they feel there is no growth available for them, and others escape their countries politics. Some are also forced here and suffer and fight to be accepted for who they are.

The “I have a Dream” speech was given by Martin Luther King Jr on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (King, 1963, p438) This speech was given in front of a large crowd and it was intended to address the racial injustice going on in America against African Americans. At the time of this speech African Americans were not ‘technically” free. The Emancipation of Proclamation was a document that freed the slaves and made all man equal. This document gave African Americans hope for a better, brighter future with slavery behind them, but in actuality blacks were free of slavery but not segregation.

In his speech, King points out that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution guaranteed that all men had the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. King expressed that “America had defaulted on this promissory note” (King, 1963, p439) King compared The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence to a bad check with insufficient funds that was handed to African Americans. “We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” I believe when King expressed these two sentences in his speech, he was referring to America being the land of opportunity and the free and that it should in deed be the land of opportunity, but it should be equal to all. The land...
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