King's dream still in doubt

September 13, 2013 

Regarding the Aug. 25 front-page picture of Martin Luther King giving his 1963 "I have a dream," speech and the question on the lower part of the picture, "His dream fulfilled?":

At best, the answer can be viewed with mixed emotions to visualize mixed results.

Blacks have edged out whites for many jobs and that includes in our own area. For example, look at the race of most Metro bus drivers. A black president was recently hired at the University of Southern Mississippi. That would have been inconceivable 50 years ago.

However, now as compared to 50 years ago, there is a higher black crime rate. There are more arrests of black people for drug-related offenses. Seven out of 10 black children are born out of wedlock. More blacks are on welfare than ever before.

Billions of dollars have been spent to help black people improve their lot, but whether they have done so is definitely questionable.

As for King saying 50 years ago that he had a dream, has it come to a dream fulfilled or a nightmare realized?

Frank B. Austin

O'Fallon