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What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think?

| January 17, 2014 | 407 Comments
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Dr. Martin Luther King JR Boulevard in Harlem, NYC; Photo by Martin/Flickr

Dr. Martin Luther King JR Boulevard in Harlem, NYC
Photo by Martin/Flickr


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If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would he be happy or dissatisfied with?

Introduction

The comedian Chris Rock once famously advised, ‘If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they’re lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is ‘Run!’”

He added: “You know what’s so sad? Martin Luther King stood for non violence. And I don’t care where you are in America, if you’re on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there’s some violence going down.”

In cities across the country, there are streets named after fallen civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.. But in an ironic twist many of those streets run through some of those cities’ most impoverished, violent neighborhoods, where the population often happens to be largely African-American in composition. And that striking detail raises the question: would King feel satisfied if he walked down the streets that bore his name?

King is most famously remembered for his fight against the blatant discrimination and racial inequalities that continued to plague American society — most notably in the Deep South — well into the latter half of the 20th Century. More often overlooked, however, was his fight against economic inequality and his ongoing push for a more integrated society.

These goals were central to the demands conveyed in the March on Washington that King helped organize 50 years ago. And while tremendous progress on some levels has been made since then, a striking number of King’s demands have yet to be realized.

Resource

PBS NewsHour video Fulfilling Demands Made by Those Who Marched on Washington?
Fifty years after the March on Washington, African-Americans still confront high rates of unemployment, segregation in education and race-based partisan gridlock. In what areas have we seen progress? Gwen Ifill discusses the advances and what’s left to be done with historian Taylor Branch and filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman.


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More Resources

KQED The Lowdown Interactive Quiz How Much Do You Really Know About Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement?
Americans on Monday commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Most of us know at least a little something about the man: he was an African American civil rights leader; he gave the “I Have a Dream” speech; he was assassinated for his efforts and we get a day off in his honor.

MLK BLVD website MLK BLVD Photo Project
Images and dispatches from streets, boulevards, drives, etc. named for Martin Luther King, Jr. This site is an extension, amplification, and evolution, of the Flickr pool, MLK BLVD. That pool, established in 2005, has attracted hundreds of images of MLK Blvds, Drives, Avenues, Streets, Ways, etc., from all around the United States. However, the more images there are in the pool, the harder it is to browse. Thus, this site.

NPR radio segment Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is Monday. As the nation celebrates the civil rights leader, host Michel Martin takes a look at some of Dr. King’s lesser known writings and speeches. She speaks with Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.

PBS LearningMedia resource March on Washington
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and was commemorated by teachers and students across the country and around the world. Help your students appreciate the significance of this event – and its role in the larger Civil Rights Movement using this collection of digital content from PBS LearningMedia.


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  • Teacher

    I am sure he would be happy to see our President but still not sure about the opportunities

  • Danielle Marin

    I think he’d recognize the change that has been made but I don’t think he’d be happy. There are still obviously a lot of changes that need to be made.

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      I totally agree! While we have come very far from the segregation in our community there is still a lot to do. We as humans tend to make judgments on outward appearances, mostly being race, but we need to learn to over come that judgments.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I disagree. Wouldn’t he be happy that segregation is no longer a big problem? There still may be segregation, but its not a big issue as it was more that 50 years ago. I agree with you that there are changes that should be made, but its not like he would be completely disappointed. We have come a long way.

  • John Diep

    #DonowMLK/ I think Martin Luther King would be joyful with today less segregated government compared to the past.

    • Rubi M.

      Would he be totally satisfied? Would he happy that we have homeless people living in the streets? ( mostly black people) Yes it is better than the past , but If you were him and saw this society what would you think?

      • Aaron

        I agree. But, the number of homeless people has decreased and is currently 100,000 fewer homless people than there were back in 1998.

        • mramsey

          It would be interesting to compare to homelessness statistics during Dr. King’s lifetime. Also, it would be helpful if you included a link to your information.

          • mramsey

            Rubi M. said: “If you were him and saw this society what would you think?”
            Hmmm…perhaps the question should be not what would he think, but what would he do?

      • Guest

        Hmmm…perhaps the question should be not what would he think, but what would he do?

      • trevor_O_period 2

        well form with actually white are the biggest ratio of homeless so it getting better but i still don’t think that MLK Jr would be happy. the income and the employment rates are down for black compared to whites
        The picture it to show the ratio of homeless people in America in 2011

  • Lindsay Tong

    I think Martin Luther King would be pleased if he were here today but, he wouldn’t be completely satisfied. There are many more problems that he would make an effort to address. (i.e segregated communities)

    • Jesus M.

      Segregated communities are a great example.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Lindsay Tong,
      He would be please that some things have changed,
      but others still need to improve. For example, the race in classrooms needs to
      be more of a variety. This shows the racial imbalance tends to exist between school districts, rather
      than within them.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I completely agree.

      http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2010-12-14-segregation_N.htm

      If you look at this website you can see the following information.
      “The average non-Hispanic white person continues to live in a neighborhood that looks very different from neighborhoods where the average black, Hispanic and Asian live. Average whites in metropolitan America live in a neighborhood that’s 74% white — although it’s not as segregated as in 1980, when the average was 88% white.”

      Even though there is no law in America saying we need to be segregated, we basically do so with out one. Based on these statistics we are improving but we shouldn’t settle for less than what is right. We need to continue to improve until MLK Jr.’s dream is a reality

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree. I agree because the black race has achieved many great things, but teh balck race is associated with many disrespectful things. They have a bad profile, yet many great achievments.

  • Rubi M.

    ​I believe Martin Luther King Junior would be partly satisfied if he was able to see us. Black people have freedom to do what they want.
    ​-marry the white
    ​-go to school
    ​-have jobs
    ​-own property
    ​-etc
    ​I belive he would not be totally happy because of how horrible our society is. We have PEOPLE living in the streets. Starving , Sick, no shelter. I am not trying to make this sound like a stereotype , but I have noticed that most of the people that are homeless are balck people. It really sucks being in a society like this. Alot of things that changed for the black people has to do with economics. There is still so much racism in this world. I am pretty sure Martin Luther King Junior would be devastated because of that. I know I would.

    • Susy

      That is true, we do have a pretty horrible society. Although, the only homeless guy I ever saw was white, but I’m sure most homeless people may be black. One thing to think about is, how do we have money for the expensive military weapons, but we don’t have money to feed and shelter the homeless?

  • Jesus M.

    If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would he be happy or dissatisfied with?

    He would be quite satisfied, but not completely satisfied. The reason he would be satisfied is because nowadays, racism is frowned upon by the majority of Americans. Another reason Dr. King would be satisfied is because african-americans are going to school with white and latino students, which is something Dr. King did not see during his lifetime, and that is something he fought for.

    Now, a reason he would not be satisfied would be that statistics today show that african-american males have a higher incarceration rate than that of other races. Another thing that would most definitely depress Dr. King, is that the racial term, “nigga” is often used by today’s youth and other age groups. This racial phrase is commonly used to address another person just as much as the term “dude” or any other addressing term. This would greatly make Dr. King unhappy because this racial term had been used by people since the beginning of The Land of the “Free,” to address black people in a sort of offensive way. Back then, in the time of slaves in America, it was just a regular term for black slaves. It was not until much later the term became greatly offensive and disturbed the ears of many people. However, today in the twenty-first century, the term “nigga” is close to becoming just a regular term again, just now, it is not only used to address african-americans, but people, no matter what race.

    So would Doctor King be satisfied if he walked our streets today? Partially. . .

    • Devon D per#2_shuttle

      Jesus M I agree with you that MLK would only be partially satisfied with what this nation has become. He would be satisfied with knowing that segregation is partly over and that people of different colors are all treated the same. But, he would be disappointed with the language choice that we use. The words some use for a black person aren’t appropriate even if you are friends. MLK would still be satisfied with just how far we have come from segregation all together.

  • Susy

    I believe that if Martin Luther King Jr. walked through our community he would be satisfied with certain things, like colored people are free, and most people are less racist than when he was alive. Also that colored people have all the same rights as white colored people, and that the United States elected the first black president. Unfortunately, he would be unsatisfied that streets named after him are very violent, and that it is harder for colored people to get jobs and fulfill couriers. He would also be unsatisfied that people still call colored people the “N” word even though they most likely do not know the history of the word.

    • http://www.coppellisd.com/newtech Danae Boyd

      Susy,
      This is an image from downtown Dallas, Texas along MLKjr. Blvd. unfortunately this part of the city is depressed economically and when that is part of the equation along with it will come crime. What does the MLKrj Blvd region in your community look like?

    • David_N_2

      A graceful bow is what I give you, Susy.

      Martin Luther King would be very furious if he saw some of the bad aspects of our community. It’s such a shame that curtain words have been molded and changed by slang. Racial slurs and insults have become more abundant in the past few years. White people have been called “cracker”, Asians have been insulted as “Yellow skin rat”, and African American have been called the “n” word. Martin Luther King gave an amazing speech to heal the wound we call racism not make it worse. In today’s society, slang is slightly paired with racism. Even though we have worsen parts of the wound, other parts have been healed. Yes,I agree that we are able to freely apply for any job we wish to work, and I agree that there will be those who turn down a person because of their race, but we still have to push past this evil and reach the light. All in all, all have to learn to love and respect our neighbors because that is what Martin Luther King would want.

  • SnodonStudents

    If Dr. King were to walk through our community today, I’m sure he
    wouldn’t be satisfied with how discrimination still occurs throughout
    the states, especially in the South. Although, he would be satisfied
    that we are no longer segregated and judged by the color of our skin,
    but the content of our character. Dr. King would indeed agree that our
    country still have a long way to go with racial discrimination. If he
    were to walk down MLK Blvd. he would say we do need to rise up as a
    country and address what needs to be done for our community today.

    - Shaquaivia R.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Shaquaivia,

      I agree with you partially, If MLK were to see that what he wished our country would have over come by now still exists, he would probably be disappointed but also proud at the same time because of all the progress we have made so far. I like how you said, “If he were to walk down MLK Blvd. he would say we do need to rise up as a country and address what needs to be done for our community today.”, because I too believe that we need to take a stand and make a change in our world. There is a quote by Ghandi that suits this and that is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”,this has motivated me to stand up for what I believe in and make a change, and I feel that we all should at least try to do so.

    • David_N_2

      I couldn’t have said it any better, SnodonStudents.
      I agree that we still have a very, very long way to go before reaching Martin Luther King’s dream. Segregation is not a major issue anymore, but prejudice and racism still swims in our water. There are people out there who insult a race in general. I, myself, have heard people say: “Those black people are like that.”. This generation has changed intensely since Martin Luther King’s days therefore we would need a new way of persuasion. We tend to blame society for our problems, but we forget that we are society. We simply say: “Oh that’s horrible!”, but we never go out and take action. We need to stop complaining and start changing. That’s what Martin Luther King would do.

  • SnodonStudents

    I dont think he would be satisfied i do think that he would be pleased with the progress we have made. Like black president. Tj

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      I agree with you, we are making progress, but we still are not to a point where Dr. King would be satisfied.

    • Melody_M_2

      I agree that he would be happy with our progress although i think he would be unhappy with the fact that there is still alot of racism.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      Tj,
      I don’t think he’d be pleased with the progress, dispite there being some. For example, Barack Obama is racially insulted and segregated by Republicans solely for being african-american, down to the point where they literally closed the government rather then negotiate. Don’t believe me? Look at these 2 tweets by Barack and the White House.

  • SnodonStudents

    I don’t think Martin Luther King would be happy if he walked thought our
    community because now days young teen use the term “nigga” a lot. I
    think he would be happy our community because these days black and white
    are coming together. Malik B

  • SnodonStudents

    I think that MLK would be quite satisfied with the way we all have
    equality now. For instance we have a black President now. Even though we
    are now equal and skin color doesnt change the way they are treated we
    still have racism and police brutality not only on African Americans but
    Latinos too. I believe that some police actually serve and protect but
    some police just think that they can do whatever they want and thats why
    they beat african americans and latinos. Not only white individuals do
    this either. This commonly is seen by African Americans also. I think
    thats really the only thing MLK wouldnt approve of is even after all of
    the stuff he went through we still dont have complete equality! Caleb
    K

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Caleb,

      I agree with many points you have made but, I don’t think MLK would as satisfied with the way we are economically. Like said in the introduction, “More often overlooked, however, was his fight against economic inequality…”. Just in the area that I live, there are many economic rankings that ranging from either end of the spectrum and, seeing this I do not believe that MLK would be completely satisfied. That being said, I do think that he would be satisfied with the points you have previously made.

  • SnodonStudents

    I believe that dr. Martin Luther king jr. would be proud of what he
    would see today, Whites and Blacks are equal now , either race could
    make a good life or a bad life for themselves . Schools are not
    segregated , I see them being equal , but in some places in the eyes of
    the law they are not equal to whites sadly . , I believe racism will
    always exist unfortunately because humans are a very low race . I wish
    that one day in my lifetime that humans all could be equal in eyes of
    the law and in the eyes of each other . Maybe one day we cold all hold
    hands as brothers and sisters with no eye for race or color or religion
    or race . That is my dream

    -Brandon D.

  • SnodonStudents

    “I think Martin Luther King would be pleased if he were here today but,
    he wouldn’t be completely satisfied. There are many more problems that
    he would make an effort to address. (i.e segregated communities)”

    I agree with Lindsay Tong. I believe Martin Luther King would be happy
    how racism has went away from what used to be, but It hasn’t completely
    gone away so I see why he wouldn’t be satisfied. Today is alot better
    than how it was back then and there’s a huge change. Whites and blacks
    are now allowed to work equally and blacks aren’t slaves anymore, white
    people don’t have to take charge of the blacks. There’s alot of bad
    things that our society has yet to fix and Martin Luther King would like
    to change if he was still here today

    .

    -Milagro

    He would be glad to see how he has made a gigantic change though :)

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      I agree we have made a huge change but there is always more to fix!

  • SnodonStudents

    No, Martin Luther King would not be satisfied. There are still some
    things that need to change in the country. Like, discrimination still
    happens everyday. Depending on what has been done is dependent on what
    type of people police go and look for. He would be happy that there is
    no longer whites and black only. He would be happy that schools not only
    have blacks and whites, there is always all kinds of races together.
    Alot of people are still stereotypical. The world still has alot of
    changes to do, to where there isn’t hate crimes, or there isn’t any
    discrimination. But for now, i think we have came alone well.

    -Necole V

    • Luke patton

      Good point Necole. There are still somethings that sill need changing here in our country. He would be happy about our schools, but other than that there isnt much else to be proud of.

    • Andrea Ortiz

      You are right…Discrimination still happens every day and people act like its nothing. Although they are giving freedom to them they are still not giving them what they promised, for example if a white person was to rob a store he wouldn’t receive the same punishment as a black person. This needs to change because it is causing our country to “re-segregate” again.

  • SnodonStudents

    In our community today, i think there are things that MLK would agree
    with and i think there are things he would not agree with. Nowadays
    there are many differences between now and 50 years ago. We’ve came
    along way from segregated buses, schools, water fountains, restrooms.
    But still to day this day two men that are working the same jobs one
    black male and one white male, the white male still earns a higher
    salary than the black man. Also for example the N words is thrown around
    a lot (another name for a friend), but in reality no one looks back at
    the history of the N word and the actual meaning of it. If Martin was to
    see that, I think he would be disgusted.
    DonnieW

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with you 100%. I feel like the same. I also believe that that is just the tip of the iceberg. Their are much bigger problems.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with what you are saying, we have evolved, we have changed, but there are still some things lurking about. Such as people are still racist, still judgmental. I think there would be some things that he would want to change. He would be happy with how much we have done, but some things still need help.

  • SnodonStudents

    mlk would be satisfied about the way things are now because there is
    more equality between blacks asnd wights now. But he would probably want
    a little more change because there is still alot of racisisome. and he
    would like it becouse everyone is treated equale and alowd in the same
    schools and public offices.

    Brian c

    • Luke patton

      You are wrong my good man. Sure, he would be satisfied about some things but if you look more closley you wil be proven wrong. Are schools are still somewhat segregrated. In our grade there is little to no African Americans. Plus there are racist comments made everyday. Like the other day I heard them at my own lunch table. So after all this MLK would not be happy.

      • Guest

        I think somethings he would be pleased with, but others need a HUGE amount of work. They have a great amount more of freedom then they did, but they still need more. What is the point of america being the land of the free if we cant be equal? The problem is just some people mindsets. Everyone thinks differently and has their own opinions. Maybe with enough reason and evidence we can change their mind, but until then theres nothing we can do but wait for them to change.

    • Andrea Ortiz

      Even though blacks have more freedom and they are supposedly treated the same as white people they still are being segregated. The communities now days usually consist of either Black people, Latino People and White people, Which means that races are bing separated.

    • Melody_M_2

      I agree with you. I think that Martin Luther King would be happy that there is more equality between blacks and whites now. I also agree that we have some room to improve because there is still alot of racism,

    • Mark_L_Period3

      There has definitely been improvement between now and when MLK jr. lived. However, it’s very tricky to tell sometimes. You never know what an individual thinks of you. There’s no way to tell.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      Well I feel like we are as equal as we can get right now. We have at a stand still on things like this because I feel like the country has bigger things to deal with like all our debt.

    • Ryan_R_2

      I think somethings he would be pleased with, but others need a HUGE amount of work. They have a great amount more of freedom then they did, but they still need more. What is the point of america being the land of the free if we cant be equal? The problem is just some people mindsets. Everyone thinks differently and has their own opinions. Maybe with enough reason and evidence we can change their mind, but until then theres nothing we can do but wait for them to change..

  • SnodonStudents

    I think if Martin Luther King were to walk through my community he would
    not like the things he sees and hears. He would particularly not like
    the fact that most African Americans and some white people use “nigga”
    to address their peers and the word “nigga” is slang for a word that was
    used as a way of discriminating against African Americans.

    -jacob

    • Luke patton

      You sir make a really good point. That word is used way to much and some people may think it is funny, but MLK saw that he would be very disappointed.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Jacob, I would have to agree with you about what you said about the labels that people have created.He wouldn’t be happy to hear that the slang and rude words and name calling has not stopped. It’s become way out of control and people seem to be acting like it’s okay and normal to call people such names.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I agree with you to a point. I fell like he would be happy but I feel like the usage of words is a small thing to a much larger problem.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree that he wouldn’t be satisfied, but I disagree that he would be upset that some people still use foul language. Now day people use the “N word” to identify some people. Most people who do use that word are African Americans pointing out one another. I agree its a disrespectful word and that people of the white race shouldn’t call someone that. Majority of the people who use the “N word” are African American and they are totally comfortable with that. My point is, it is disrespectful but it is also a form of showing that your close to someone. Unless you are purposefully trying to hurt someone, then thats a different story.

    • Mark_L_Period3

      I agree that the use of words such as those are terrible. However, it’s not always discriminating. You don’t have to pretend that the other person isn’t a different race. You just have to be respectful with your choice of words.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Jacob, I would have to agree with you about what you said about MLK not being pleased with the horrible labels and name calling that is being used.He would be disappointed to see and hear that that the bad slang words has not stopped.It has definitely gotten out of control.
      I thought that i’d share with you a graph of the amount of racial bullying that is still happening today.

    • Guest

      Jacob I agree with you are generation doesn’t have an understanding of the power the n word had back in the day. MLk would not be happy that are generation
      lacks knowledge of the past

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Jacob I agree with you are generation doesn’t have an understanding of the power the n word had back in the day. MLk would not be happy that are generation
      lacks knowledge of the past

      “In Jim Crow times (1877-1968) the racism that underlies the word was so taken for granted that White Americans could use the word as mere description (http://abagond.wordpress.com/2013/06/)

    • Ryan_R_2

      I agree, I think most of the things today are not respectable. We, as a nation and as a world as a whole need to work on that. Its disrespectful, but as the previous comment says, if it’s the same race calling each other that, and they are comfortable, that is fine. but it should never be used as a hurtful racial insult.

  • SnodonStudents

    If Martin Luther King Jr. would to walk through our community he would
    see that some things have changed. He would be happy with the step our
    nations has taken. Blacks are able to receive the same opportunities as
    whites to succeed.
    AshleyJ

    • http://www.coppellisd.com/newtech Danae Boyd

      SnodonStudents,
      I would agree with you that much has changed in the past 50 years since MLKjr made is Dream Speech in D.C. While we have the same opportunities it is surely harder for some groups than others to achieve success and even defining that success can be a challenge. The disparage between the unemployment rates for African American youth vs. White youth supports this argument, making the attainment of college degrees that much harder to get.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      SnodonStudents,
      I agree that blacks now have the same opportunities, but segregation
      in public schools is one thing that MLKJ would not be proud of. “80
      % of black and Latino students go to schools with non-white students. 15% are
      90% to 95% all black or all Latino students in public schools,” as stated in
      the KQED video.

      This is one factor that’s led to the
      decline of white students in minority-heavy schools is the fact that white
      people make up a smaller proportion of the overall student population.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I agree that they have opportunities, but they are still being treated different. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html this website will show the population and ratio of blacks to whites in America. And in some cases people don’t approach others because of their skin color, they are afraid that they are a threat to them, which of course is not true. But people still believe it, and thats why there is a gap between races in society

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Ashley,
      I agree that we have come a very long way since MLK and have had some amazing changes, however things are not perfect and we need to realize as a nation we still have a long way to go. Many people in low income/urban areas (which are mostly made up of african american or hispanic people) don’t always have the resources to succeed in school leading to a lower paying job or not enough qualification to get one at all. This means they probably aren’t able to afford to move out of the same situation they have been in, which means their kids are now in the same position. So when we look at unemployment rates you’ll see that it is higher for african americans. Without providing kids in these situations a way to get a good education and a good job things will continue to be this way and the world will be missing out on all the potential they have to offer.

  • SnodonStudents

    Trixie knows that MLK would be satisfied. We have a black president that
    be elected 2 times and that is history. There is a little bit racism
    here and there but people have to learn and tolerate each other. Economy
    has gone down but everyone is learning to get along

    -Trixie lulamoon — Tyrone C

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      May i just say I would definitely agree that he would be very pleased with the fact that we have a black president but there isn’t just a “little bit” of racism. Yes it has decreased some but sadly not as much as you would think. check out this video
      http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2006/12/12/oppenheim.sundown.town.cnn

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      snodon student
      I don’t completely agree with you yet I don’t completely disagree with you. Yes we have a black president, but I don’t like MLK would be satisfied with our world today. the unemployment rates for black is double that then whites’ unemployment rate.

  • Lea

    I think MLK would be satisfied with the progress we made in the past few years. We have an African American president, students can go to school with others of different ethnicities, and people are treated fairly. For example, on MUNI no matter what gender or race you are, if you get caught not paying for the bus, you get the same punishment.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Lea,

      I agree that people have the opportunity to go to
      school with different races, but the exposure to white kids with black kids has
      dropped over the last 10 years. Will the rate of black and white kids in public
      schools grow, or will public schools become more segregated.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, although I fee like our schools are being “re-segregated” as stated in the video in the article. “80% of African American and Latin Americans go to public schools with no white students.” MLK would feel like we were undoing all of his good work.

    • Andrea Ortiz

      as stated in the video in this article “80% of African American and Latin Americans go to public schools with no white students.” Even though they have all the same rights and they are treated fairly schools and communities are being “re-segregated” because some people still treat White people as the “Leading Race” of the United States. I agree that there has been change but still some things are not right with society still.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree that discrimination still exists, I also believe that people are judging everyone for everything they see. I think that if we could make judging more of an observation than MLK would be a lot more proud of us and that this world would be a much more peaceful place.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      While there has certainty been progress in decreasing discrimination, I must disagree with you on the opinion that he’d be satisfied. Due to the fact that blacks and whites are treated differently with the way they get pay, as well as the fact that many people still beat them and the way they’re portrayed in social media, I highly doubt that MLK’d be satisfied.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      Not all people are are treated fairly buddy. While we have made progress, we are not even close to equality. Let’s relate our position in equality to basketball leagues. MLK’s dream for us is getting into the NBA. We are currently in PEE WEE. He would not be satisfied, but he would be glad that we are not the couch potatoes and being highly prejudicial. Having a African American president means almost nothing. That doesn’t mean the world is equal now does it.

    • Jacob_F_Per4

      I agree that things like punishment are more equal, however segregation is still a thing. While it isn’t by law it still is for economical reasons and the fact that people can’t get equal educations because of where they live.

    • Isabella_V_Period3

      I agree with you to some points you have made, for example how our punishments are the same for every race, but MLKjr wouldn’t fully satisfied. Not all people are treated fairly due to their race. Sometimes, not even because of their race, almost for anything.

  • E C

    I think that MLK would be dissatisfied because discrimination still exists. There is unfair treatment between everyone from race, to gender, to your religious beliefs. We have made a big step but not enough that’ll satisfy MLK.

    • trevor_O_period 2

      I agree with you in the sense that discrimination is here.I believe that their will alway be rasist people it is getting better but not by much some kids are being raise to be rasist and it believe it need to be change. i agree MLK Jr would be happy but not completely satisfy because of the step but it still not gone and it need to be changed .

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence
    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree with you we have a lot to improve. One main issues that would be good to improve is the unemployment rate in the black society. Things were improved compared to 50 years back but there still is many things we can improve.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. We have come a long way from when we started. There still a bunch to be done that would please him. There are still those racist comments, jokes, and stereo types. There is still a long way to go to fix this problem.

    • MaggieS-2boydbence

      I agree we have made a big step but its human nature to judge people. While this is something we all do we need to learn how to use this information. While you might profile me as a “privileged white rich kid” this isn’t exactly me. What we all should do is realize there race and but it on the back burner.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      I agree, we have come a long way from the 60′s, however there is still a lot of work to be done. As stated in the article ,” streets named after fallen civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.. But in an ironic twist many of those streets run through some of those cities’ most impoverished, violent neighborhoods, where the population often happens to be largely African-American in composition.”. MLK stood for non violence as well as equality and to have streets named in his honor be a center of crime and violence is not okay. We need to keep moving and improving because we can’t afford to be stuck in this position forever.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree and disagree with you. There is still a lot of racism and discrimination, but that can’t really be fixed. Everyone has freedom of speech; they have freedom to say what ever they want even though it could be right or wrong thing to say. MLK’s main issue was segregation, which is presently not what it was long ago. In the past 50 years we have made a lot of changes and progress. Segregation is not as noticeable as it was long ago.

  • SnodonStudents

    If MLK walked through my community today, I’m not really sure what would
    be going through his head. I think he’d be satisfied and discussed with
    some of the things that go on around here.

    I think he would be satisfied that Black men, and woman are not
    separated from everyone, and are able to do everything they couldn’t do
    before. I don’t think he would be very happy about how often the ‘n’
    word is being passed around though.
    J

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Society is a very disgusting and conflicting place. Not everyone can conform to the social norms of today. Some people say this and that, but that’s because they weren’t taught any better. We are a fresher generation and can learn new things about racial diversity and equality.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you on the fact that he would be satisfied with certain things and upset with others. The way people speak to one another these days can be really hurtful to someone. Words can hurt someone more than you would think. Racism out there happens daily and it could be on the scale of saying one word or committing a hate crime. While there are equal rights for everyone it doesn’t mean everyone feels as though they are equal. The rights might be equal but the feelings towards one another are not.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      Although you may not be able to see the racial integration that goes on, their definitely is some. Their is people that wont get hired because they are a specific race. People can be really racist online, and many places, so I would have to disagree with you and say I believe that Marther Luther King would be ashamed.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I disagree with you J Mlk would not be happy
      with the process we have made to his goal of equality. I would imagine MLK
      would be disappointed with the lack of knowledge of are generation not understanding and realizing the power the
      n word had back in his day. MLk could never just be happy
      of are world until his goal of equality is fully reached

      • DorianM_3boydbence

        (The lingering vestiges of America’s past racism remain a serious challenge to our hope for a nation that lives out its most cherished values – liberty and justice for all.) J you should read this website

  • SnodonStudents

    i feel as though our commiunity if martin lutherking came back he
    wouldnt be happy because its alot of gang voilence and our people are
    turning againist eah other and there is still racsim still here there is
    not alot has changed ince he oassed away our own race is turning
    agaisnt each other shooting each and fighting eachother so i feel as
    though he wouldnt be happy at all

    • Raag Patel

      I partly disagree to this comment. The reason being would be that, look how far the black race has come. Their is a black person leading our country. Yes, there are all the things that are going on as you have mentioned, but there are also good things that the balck race have accomplished.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      snodonstudents,
      While I do agree with some of you points about there still being racism I think we have to realize that we have come a long way since MLK’s day. We still have a long way to go, but we have made progress.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with this statement. The African American going through jail has gone up through the years do to the gangs activity in the past years.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I understand what you’re saying that violence is hectic and that gangs are as well but we have changed a bit. This article will give you a better understanding of how we have changed. http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/racism-north-america-then-and-now

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree with you SnodonStudents MLk would not be happy with the way the world is changing for the worse. Gang rates have gone up. The amount of blacks in jail has also have gone up which gives whites more proof to not want equality

  • SnodonStudents

    I would believe that Michael King would not think we are communist
    enough. He would probably want more change to suit his wants. He would
    want more blacks in public office and covering up the media. Though he
    may have been more tactical than to want those things too soon. I am
    assuming that based on his close association with known communists.
    Communism’s tactics is to take away your arms and control or censor
    media. Those tactics help to suppress an armed uprising against an
    oppressive government. According to the source I posted with this
    article; forgive me if it was in another one but the only reason King’s
    protests were non violent was for tactical reasons. Not because he
    didn’t want others hurt. Michael was man hypocrite. He was a preacher
    that preached good but did immoral acts. He cheated on his wife multiple
    times. He plagiarized part of his famous I have a Dream Speech and
    multiple other works. One of the sources of this article URL is Ralph
    David Abernathy’s books. Ralph was a close friend and civil rights
    leader like Michael. http://www.martinlutherking.org/thebeast.html

    • mramsey

      Please be more diligent when analyzing web sources. Do you know the background of the author of that web page? Research them before using their information as fact. Please ask your teacher to help you learn how to identify a reliable source for your information.

    • MaggieM

      Your source is a white supremacist. Are you?

      Martin met some people who were former members of the communist party. He used “tactics”

      In the south 5,000 blacks were lynched — murdered and their killers were not punished. They stood around taking family pictures and cutting pieces of the corpses.
      http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/e_lynch.html

      Whites systematically denied blacks the right to vote. I think America started when we fought for INDEPENDENCE and the right to govern ourselves.

      Whites bombed a church with children inside to strike back at blacks seeking their constitutional rights
      http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/randall/birmingham.htm

      Whites, including the State Police, beat down blacks and whites marching for their rights peacefully in Selma Alabama.
      http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/eyewitness/html.php?section=2

      If Martin (that’s what his momma and daddy called him) was using “tactics” it was the WHITEs who started the war.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I disagree with you. “80% of African Americans and Latin Americans go to public schools with no white students.” African Americans have just as much potential to go into public office or the media. There is no rule that they can’t. We have many successful African Americans in the business industry, and in the media, and actors/actress’ etc. Change will come even if it is slower than MLK anticipated.

  • Francesca Botto

    I think that if Martin Luther King jr were alive today I think he would be both pleased with the changes that have occurred but would also be rather offended by the way pop culture describes those of color. I think King would be pleased by how segregation although not totally eliminated, has gone down over the years. In most American states, there is no hate for those of colored skin and no sign that reads “whites only”. In addition, we have a black president and our school populations are made up of people of all ethnicities.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      I do agree with what your saying, but segregation in schools has not gone down. If you read this article ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/08/29/report-public-schools-more-segregated-now-than-40-years-ago/ ) You will see that schools re more segregated now than 400 years ago.

    • Devon D per#2_shuttle

      Francesca Botto, I completly agree with you . I believe that if MLK were to be alive today he would be somewhat satisfied with the outcome. I know that he would be offended by how some people treat those of different colors and that not all people believe in integration. I feel that he would be pleased with how far we have come and changed over the years . He would be over joyed that some of our school systems are made up of wide varieties of different ethnic groups. That we have come a long way from segregation.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Francesca,

      I like how you mentioned pop culture. Pop culture is a large part of our country today and especially in the lives of most teenagers. Therefore, I think it is important for us to think about how equality, inequality, violence, and the other concepts MLK stood for are viewed and used in that ‘world’. I think that yes we have come a long way since the Civil Rights Movement but, we still have a long way to go especially with some of the over looked concepts the MLK stood for but also those that are well known.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree that he would be happy that there has been some amount of change. However, I also think there is still racism in all states, maybe more in some than others, and I know our laws say were equal but we are also given freedom of speech, which many of us use this right negatively by degrading others, especially those that are not white. Although I am thankful for living in America and being free, some people do abuse their freedoms (Ex. freedom of speech). Freedom of speech should be used to let your voice and opinion be heard, not to be rude to others. You can read more about people degrading African Americans in a popular news story today by the following link http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/01/richard-sherman-compares-thug-racial-slur/

    • Alice_B_4

      A black president and the fact that schools are no longer segregated does not mean there is no racism. Keep in mind that this is our first black president out of 44 total, that people think that it’s acceptable to use the n word, and so on.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I would agree with you that he would be pleased with the progress made. You made a very valued point when you said how pop culture describes african americans. I think there are many stereotypes and names out there that people say without thinking what it actually means and how it could make someone feel. We may have equal rights but sometimes it seems as though feelings and words get in the way of the progress that has been made.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. He would be pleased and also disappointed about how things have changed. Pop culture is a really good point of what he would be disappointed in. A lot of popular artists use very racist words. He would be pleased to see that segregation has gone away or at least most of it.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Francesca,
      I do agree with some of the points you have made although I believe that we have to realize there are still some people with hatred towards colored individuals even in states not known for it. Another thing is how while we all have access to school there is a correlation between race and scores on standardized tests and graduation in high school. So even though there is no segregation in schools there isn’t always and equal opportunity.

    • Melody_M_2

      I agree with what you say. Although there has been a lot of change but not all of it has stopped. And i think he would be happy that we have a black president and our school populations are made up of people of all ethnicities.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I agree with what you have to say that he would not be pleased by the way some types of music can be very racist and I can totally agree that he could be somewhat pleased because our community is not as racist as it used to be, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t racism going on today. There’s a bunch of different cases where people have died from being bullied because of their race and etc. I doubt Marther Luther King would be please with that.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I completely agree with you segregation has disappeared into thin air. Although schools are made up of all populations, the gap between amounts are enormous, especially in the North. He would know that we have come a long way, but have many more steps.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you, I think he would be pleased but also somewhat disappointed. We may think that segregation doesn’t really exist but, it really does as stated in the video. Segregation is mostly an issue in the southern states like Mississippi and Alabama, than in the northeastern and western part of the United states.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      What you are saying is spot on but about pop culture what about pop culture is so bad? All this bad things are coming from the African American celebrities doing these crazy things that gives them a bad reputation.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with your statement, but as the graph by MaxP_3boyd_bence is showing that some states have barely any blacks. Especially up in the north. Down south is where they all have probably settled so they do stay down there. Maybe MLKJ would be proud of us on how long we have came. But as you have said there is still a long way to go.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I completely agree with you, This is more of a Yes-no situation and yes he would be pleased but sad at the fact that some “colored” people are not treated well at all. But to see our president i think he would be please that some things have changed over these past years.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I never thought about the part of pop culture describing people of color. But I must say that I agree with that statement. I also agree that in general, MLK would be pleased with where we are in equality. But when you talk about our school populations being made up of people of all ethnicities, that is where I might argue. While in many public schools around the United States, there are learners of all ethnicities, there are other schools (private or public) where people of color are a minority or aren’t in the system at all.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree with you we don’t see the sign that say ”whites only”, or things like that. But we can’t say that our ”school populations are made up of people of all ethnicities.” there are some schools that are majority just black and latinos like in dallas in the first grade are majority latinos and blacks

  • Caroline P

    Martin Luther King Jr. would definitely not be pleased that the boulevards named after him are, for the most part, in the poorest and most violent parts of town. Considering MLK Jr. was an advocate for non violence, it is sad that the streets we named after him are so far from what his message stood for. Though this is indeed disheartening, there is no denying that our nation has changed for the better since MLK Jr’s days. Though there has been an increased acceptance in equality within our nation, we still have a ways to go.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I agree with you completely and do think that we can still improve. Some schools in some communities have problems with total equal advantages and some schools have problems with being too advantageous. Maybe we can look to the economy for more answers or questions.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Caroline, I agree with what you are saying. I too, would think that MLK would not be pleased with the streets named in honor of him are a place of violence and poverty, especially since he was a big advocate for anti-violence and equality. In my opinion, we are very far from where MLK would want us to be but, at the same time we have come a long way since the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, where I live schools are not segregated and we don’t have a huge difference in our economic standings, so, I would think that he would probably be proud of that.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree these places are filled with crime and it’s the opposite of what he wanted. People should take care of these places so it’s a role model for other people to follow.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      Caroline P,
      I have to agree. For a man who took his motives and methods from Ghandi and used them to try to end segregation in the most non-violent way possible, naming the poorest, most violent and desolate streets in a town after him isn’t anything resembling a honor, it’s a insult dragging his name through the mud.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      Out of the comments here, I find this one to be the most real. Violence in the streets commemorated to MLK! I find it slightly disgusting, and not just violence in his streets but violence in all the urban cities. MORE PEOPLE DIED IN CHICAGO THAN IN IRAQ IN 2012!!!

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/16/chicago-homicide-rate-wor_n_1602692.html

    • Jacob_F_Per4

      I agree completely. We have gotten much better, but have a long way to go to get rid of the more subtle segregation such as minorities living in poorer areas with worse educations and job opportunities.

  • Alex M

    Martin Luther King would likely be satisfied that there is no segregation, but he would not be pleased with the amount of violence that still exists. Racism is still alive in some people, but people of all races have equal opportunities in America now. There is no nationwide racism, violence towards african americans, or segregation. It is also sad that streets named for him are not honoring him at all, typically being poor and crime ridden. Martin Luther King would be happy that we have come this far, but he would know that we still have many steps to take.

    • http://www.coppellisd.com/newtech Danae Boyd

      Alex M, while I agree with you that racism is still alive in some people, I would disagree that there is no segregation. When we think of segregation we often think of rules or laws that force the separation of races either in housing or as something as sitting on a bus. However today segregation is more subtle but still evident. When the differences in income is so wide this translates into housing segregation, as seen in the line graph the differences in income between minorities and whites is large. This is why we see the majority of poor inner-city urban regions have larger populations of minority races versus the wealthier suburban regions with a non-minority population dominating the housing.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I would agree with you that he would be pleased to see the progress that has occurred. I also agree with how you stated that racism is still out there because that is true I witness it almost everyday. There are things wrong with the way people act towards one another. Even when we have the same rights it doesn’t always mean people are going to agree with it sadly. So, yes we have many steps to take before the view of equality changes in people’s eyes.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      Segregation exists in more ways than racism, and THAT’S still there. Yes there are equal opportunities, but said opportunities need something that some have and others don’t. With the black/latino schools having less than the other schools (said in the video) the people that go to those schools have a disadvantage in getting those opportunities. As for the street as in real estate, location,location, LOCATION!

  • Iliana Torres

    What do I think? I think that if he came back and saw how things are now he’d be satisfied, but not entirely. If his satisfaction were a cup and I were to fill it to the extent where he would be satisfied about the changes between our time and his, it would be maybe 1/5 to 1/4 full. I think this way because yes, races other than white have been given the chance to vote, a civil right most believe is beyond compare, fair labor standards, marriage is allotted to them inter-racially, their minimum wage has increased and been matched to those of whites, with positions as great as those given to whites. Schools have been desegregated, decent housing and access to all public accommodations have been given as well. But things are not all well and jolly like the rainbow in the sky. It’s more kind of like the grimm reaper, or The Joker in Batman. The number of high school graduates among whites is still greater than that of blacks. Whites are 3.8% more likely to have a longer life-span, whites have a 24% up on marriage, a gap that has been widened throughout some years now according to a Pew Research study based on the current population survey. 27.5% of blacks are below the federal poverty line, a huge amount greater than the 12.8% of whites. Only a staggering 44% of the black populous own a home they can call their own, compared to the 73% of the white population. I can prattle on and on. And one more thing that, although a major breakthrough before, especially with Ruby Bridges, has now been almost obliterated. 74% of black children attend schools that are 50-100% NON-WHITE, and with much fewer resources than that of majority white schools. So again, do I really believe dear Martin Luther King Jr. would be satisfied if he walked through my neighborhood today? NO, I really, really don’t.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      The world is a very difficult place to keep everyone happy. Some choose to turn a blind eye and some choose to act. Some may call it beneficial and some may call it a disgusting act. Right now, it’s far better than it was in the 50′s. We can always improve.

      • Iliana Torres

        I love how you look at the overall summary. Thanks for your comment.

    • Brittney_D_Period3

      I agree with you that MLK would be unsatisfied with the way the U.S. is today. The statistics are surprising- over twice the amount of poverty exists with blacks compared to whites. But I do think he would be somewhat satisfied with the U.S. today. After all, we have equal opportunities for everyone- it;s their choice if you take advantage of that or not. We even have a black president. “”To dismiss the magnitude of this progress, to suggest — as some sometimes do — that little has changed, that dishonors the courage, the sacrifice, of those who paid the price to march in those years,” Obama said.”

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, I feel that Martin Luther King would be happy because our nation has made improvements with segregation and some with racism. But It still exists maybe more in some communities than others. Racism and rudeness towards african americans still exists today and It is a problem. opportunities come and Some don’t allow certain races to participate.

      https://www.google.com/search?q=racism+in+america&safe=active&espv=210&es_sm=91&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=_sriUo7pN-bjsASwzYGwCQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1277&bih=616#q=racism+in+america+graph&safe=active&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=lv2iiEvv43ad7M%253A%3BB6c_IHkW13qX6M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F2.bp.blogspot.com%252F_8rpICX9hHPU%252FS7ZogxVGD3I%252FAAAAAAAAC0g%252FprvTNxRoHmw%252Fs1600%252Flabor.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fkilosparksitup.blogspot.com%252F2010%252F04%252Fis-there-racial-recession.html%3B350%3B301

    • SpencerH_4

      I am agreeing with you right now becuase of how things were back then to know things are way better than back then even though things like 80% of latinos go to schools with no white kids there.yes there is still seperation between colored and whites and litinos and other culturs but this is not a perfect world so compared to how things were back then to now he did a dang good job!

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I have the same opinion here. All the numbers show that their is a racial gap in everything from living spaces to education. The chart below shows the racial gaps.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I could not agree more with your claim. Yes, conditions have greatly improved from the time of MLK, but they still aren’t at the stage of total equality. Numbers are a good show of this, like you’ve done here. But there are also court cases and moral things that we see every day, that also don’t show equality. And while some communities may state that they have majority of colored people living there, there are other cities and communities that have close to 100% of the population being Caucasians.
      http://www.thenation.com/blog/177330/yes-america-has-gotten-better-about-racism-it-really-doesnt-matter#

      • Iliana Torres

        Nice infographic. It explains a lot of what you wrote.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      There is a racial gap, from education to houses. This explains not every black person can have a good life some people have a good life and some people don’t.

    • Ryan_R_2

      I agree with what you’re saying. I can see why he would be happy and wouldn’t be happy. We have made so much progress since he’s been around, but there are still some things we need to work on, one of them being equal rights to all races.

    • Isabella_V_Period3

      I totally agree with you. By law there is no segregation, but there is a racial gap in the inequality of financial states. MLK wouldn’t be completely happy, so there’s more that needs to be improved.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with this so much. Just like I’ve been saying, he wouldn’t be 100% happy if he were to come back. He would see that black people do have as many rights as white people do, and that would make him incredibly happy. But then he’d see how, even though they have the rights, they don’t graduate school as well, or get well paying jobs. MLK would be very disappointed with that.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree with you %1000
      It is more of a so-so kin-dove thing. ANd there are people out there who still do what they do by treating others with no respect whats so ever, so he would be sad and satisfied at the same time.

    • Trent_H_Period3

      Exactly, they might have fixed the other problems but the gap is still there and will be until something changes and is a big change.

  • http://www.coppellisd.com/newtech Danae Boyd

    When “80% of Latino and African American students attend a school that
    is ‘non-white” the dream of Dr. King has not been fulfilled. I believe
    that Dr. King would be dissatisfied with this lack of progress after 50
    years of opportunities.

    Education has a direct link to employment and
    earning potential, due to the fact that the ratio of African-Americans
    to White unemployment rate has virtually stayed the same over the past
    50 years, I would state that Dr. King would be disappointed at best. This is clearly seen by the graph I have linked here.

  • Rosa Chea
    • emily_p_2shuttle

      I agree that we are not teasing each other because of our races, but that doesn’t mean that racism is gone. There are other forms of racism such as segregating schools or unemployment rates for such races. Even though we don’t SAY much about each other regarding races, we still DO things that are considered racist.

      • BellaP_3boydbence

        It’s true that we are not segregated and that we are not SUPPOSED to not be racist but behind the scenes a lot of people are. Still lots of people are judging others by the color of peoples skin or by the language that they speak. I disagree that people are not getting teased. People still are looking at different races weird and teasing them for what they believe.

      • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

        I do not agree. I feel like racism is very real in are community. There is no way that almost all crimes are committed by the minotites yet the majority of jail cells are filled by the minority

    • Devon D per#2_shuttle

      I agree with you that MLK would be satisfied the out come of today. How there isn’t as much racism as there was 50 years ago. Since then we have come a long way from segregation . I feel that he would be pleased that we aren’t judging the people around us by what there skin color looks like that we are all getting along with one another we aren’t leaving each other out because of what they may look like on the outside.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I have to disagree with you. People weren’t “teased” for being black. They were PERSECUTED and HATED. And racism and segregation is still an issue in the states.

      • Luke_A_Period3

        That is very true, they were hated, however the general consensus of everyone in the U.S. was acceptance. The only major places that they were Hated and Persecuted was in the southern region of the U.S. And with a straight face you are going to try to say that Martin Luther King would not be satisfied? No one is getting beat on the side of the road just for being black anymore, you have to realize that we’ve made progress. But you are trying to say that just because we are not 100% the same in every way, MLK would not be satisfied. Our differences make us who we are. Celebrate the good, a lynching is no longer a common occurrence in the south, trust me, he would be satisfied.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree that there isn’t much racism going on as back than. There is still some racism going still today but compared to 50 years back it has improved. One thing I think that has to improve compared to 50 years back is that both black and white people to have equal opportunities given to them.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      While I agree there is less racism going on in our world today, it is still a serious problem. Maybe in certain areas, perhaps like the one you live in, there is less racism but in many areas it is an every day problem. I believe he would be happy that we have moved forward in that sense, but he wouldn’t be fully satisfied until his entire dream came true. MLK said “…whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward” because he said this I believe if he were alive he would want for his dream to keep moving forward.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I disagree with you because we still have extreme racism going on. I hear racist slurs through the hallways of my school and my community. I believe Martin Luther King would be very upset if he were to come to my city today. “80% of African Americans and Latin Americans go to public schools with no white students.” this last statistic also shows little segregation that is still happening without law.

    • Brittney_D_Period3

      I don’t agree that racism does not exist anymore. I don’t think MLK would be very proud, either. We have come a long way as a nation, but we still have a long way to go. “We’ve got a lot of work to do but none of us should be any ways tired,” he said. “Why? Because we’ve come much too far from where we started.” -Martin Luther King III. As you can see in this chart, people in america still think racism against blacks is a major problem.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence
    • Alice_B_4

      Really? I think there’s a lot of racism is in my community and the world, albeit hidden. Richard Cohen once said “[i]n New York City, blacks make up a quarter of the population, yet they represent 78 percent of all shooting suspects – almost all of them young men.” and I happen to agree.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I can see what you are saying, but I disagree. I don’t think we would satisfy Martin Luther King as much as we should. There is still racism going on through online, segregation, unemployment. Although those are not words they are still forms of racism, which would not make Dr Martin Luther King happy.

    • SpencerH_4

      I agree with you compared to what was happening i time then to now his work payed of well even though some things like 80% of latinos go to schools with no white kids there.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you and also disagree with you. Yes racism has gone down since that time, but it also hasn’t gone away. Racism is still a big part of our society. There are stereo types and mean racial jokes. Sure there isn’t that much segregation anymore, but that doesn’t mean it has gone away. I think he would still be disappointed

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I do agree that racism is less apparent today, but it’s still there on television shows, social networking, basically anywhere you look there will be at least some racism/stereotypes somewhere, and I think that is what is really going to disappoint MLK today. It is also not easy for the white man because he/she has to be careful what he/she says and does to be sure he is not being racist. And I type he/she not to be sexist, but that’s a different story.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I have a level of agreement with you. You’re correct in the fact that people of color have the same rights as people of no color. But there are some things that happen in current day America that still “count” as racism. There is another article attached that discusses racism today. Of course, without going to court and showing proper evidence, proof cannot be found of this. But there was a recent case: Martin vs Zimmerman that has showed some controversy of racism towards people of darker skin.
      http://www.thenation.com/blog/177330/yes-america-has-gotten-better-about-racism-it-really-doesnt-matter

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I would disagree, there are many racial phrases floating around that many people are using that are disrespectful to others race. And there are many songs that are disrespectful to peoples race, and in some cases their own.
      Some racist song writers/ singers are Lil Wayne, Lil John, and many more. And racism is not gone just because we are not teasing each other’s skin color. Sadly racism is always going to around.

    • Mark_L_Period3

      While racism isn’t as bad as it was back then, I don’t think he would be satisfied. People are still getting attacked because of their race and there are still a lot of racial jokes. If anything, people are being teased more because of the existence of the internet and the spread of those jokes.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I do not agree at all because there are still racial jokes, and people being being attacked day after day of how they look like. Racism is always going to be there, I don’t agree with it but its still going to be there.

    • Jacob_F_Per4

      I agree and disagree. While people are no longer segregated by the color of their skin they are still judged by it. I agree because it isn’t as bad as it was, but its still ongoing.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with you, but there are a few things. Yes, he’d be happy that there isn’t as much racism going on. But I think he’d still be upset that racism is still a thing.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I disagree, The amount of racism Still could be argumentaly the same as well as how others are treated. Racial slurs are still being used and they amount of people using them could somewhat be the same as it was 50 years ago.

    • Isabella_V_Period3

      I’m sorry, Rosa, but I’d have to disagree with you. There is still racism. Sure we’re not segregated by law, but there are cliques that are based on race. Sadly people still do get picked on because of their race and I know that because I have experienced that because of my Hispanic background and I have also witnessed other people of every other race. There are racists jokes, people picked on because of their race, and people even get scared or automatically don’t like someone because of their race. So, I’d have to strongly disagree with you.

    • Trent_H_Period3

      I disagree too but also agree, There is not much racism as there used to be but it still exists, and for a lot of people it happens to them every single day of their life.

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    If Matin Luther King Jr. was to walk down those streets that bore his name, he wouldn’t feel respected. He wouldn’t be pleased, or feel realized.

    In all honesty, I think he’d feel insulted that those streets, streets that bore his name, that dared to say they were named to honor him, are filled with hateful oppression and non-domestic violence, filled with hate and force and violence, toward/from african americans.

    And that’s not the end of it. Segregation and Discrimination are huge issues, not just toward african-americans, but even toward gays and women, all 3 of which I am sure that MLK would be against. And if you don’t believe me, take a look at this graph that displays just how much african-americans get payed compared to americans:

    • Guest

      I completely agree with you, MLK would be offended if he saw the streets that are named after him. The streets we name after someone so great should reflect just how wonderful they were. There’s graffiti, vandalism, and the streets themselves are dirty and not cared for. They aren’t all bad, though, as one has a portrait of MLK. And that graph is surprising, this is not what MLK had in mind when he made his ‘I Have A Dream” speech. This is not equal. We’ve come a long way, but there is obviously a long way to go.

  • Nicholas_M_Period1

    Walking through my suburban neighborhood MLK would probably be pretty disappointed. I don’t live in a high end neighborhood by any means but yet there is an obvious lack of other races. Also our school district is nationally ranked for being 5 stars, and as you can see from the graph there is a correlation between education and income which could explain why there is an obvious difference of average incomes per race.

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    Violence. No one really likes it except those with severe mental issues. How would you feel if you advocated for anti-drug awareness and that a billboard was erected in honor of your passionate work and that billboard became a popular drug dealing location? Personally, I’d laugh at the obvious irony behind it, but I would also feel frustrated that my message didn’t get through completely to everyone. One major problem in many communities is lack of diversity which can lead to possible violence.

    Here, we live in an opportune community with diversity. But the diversity in some of ours schools, you may describe as, lacking. Out of the 490 students here at New Tech, we have a majority of white students. But that’s because we are a white community. We have more than half white residents here.
    But is it something that we should try and change or look down upon?

    Well, that’s really a matter of opinion. My opinion is that maybe it could be something we should change. Culture is a very powerful and vibrant part of society. Customs, traditions, foods, merchandise, etc. Being more culturally diverse can be a great benefit to society.

    So, would Martin Luther King. Jr be proud of us? If we start to make some change, then maybe.

    • Shemar_D_2

      I agree Miguel cultural diversity is very important and should be looked into. Also we aren’t very diverse this is true we have less than 5% of black people and almost 70% white people.

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    In my opinion, I feel Martin Luthers satisfaction would differ. While our world is not what is was back in his days, we still, sadly, have segregation. For example, just as Shukree Tilghmanat states in the interview above, public schools. the different races are split apart. The blacks sit with the other blacks, whites sit with white. But its is not completely segregated. Whites and blacks are friends. In fact some of my very good friends are African american.

    I fell Martin Luther would be semi satisfied with what society is now, but for the most part, I don’t feel that he would be very impressed.

    • Shemar_D_2

      “The blacks sit with the other blacks, whites sit with white.” This quote is scarily accurate. Just look at the picture Miguel added, the percentages are way too far apart.

  • trevor_O_period 2

    If MLK would walk thought my neighborhood i think he be a little disappointed because education, income rate ,employment rate, are still not the same as whites. I think he wouldn’t .Be happy because segregation is not as bad as it was but it still not all the way gone. I believe that their will be racist of a long time to come because if your parent are racist your raise that way so racism isn’t all gone hence the education and employment rate are down. their are better opportunity for black since 1963 these chart show that income and employment it prodominatly white over latino and blacks. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/28/these-seven-charts-show-the-black-white-economic-gap-hasnt-budged-in-50-years/ it changing but its slow and i think it should be equal and it not fair just because of your skin tone is different you make less money and have a worst education. As you see even in our own high school campus that are 4 and 5 star school you don’t see many races other then white so no don’t then MLK Jr would be happy with what he saw.

  • Lbateman_2boydbence

    I think that Dr.King would be happy that there has been change in the world since he has lived, but disappointed at the same time knowing how little it changed in 50 years. He has changed this world so much, but we could do so much more to change this world and make it a better place for whites and blacks.

  • emily_p_2shuttle

    If Dr. King were to walk through our streets, I feel like he would not be satisfied. Sure, we do have many races at our school NOW, but that could change. As stated in the video, “schools our re-segregating.” Dr. King did not stand up and give his speech so that it could happen again 50 years ago. If you were him, would you be satisfied? Would you stand up and give a speech against something if you knew it was going to happen again? No. You wouldn’t. Dr. King would not be happy at all. His speech was life changing, we shouldn’t be the ones to change that.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with Emily P. that Martin Luther King Jr. would not be happy because the percentage of white students in a typical black school is large in 1970-1971 than in 2009-2010. Which means those school are still races since there is less white people attending their school.

  • Melody_M_2

    To me if Martin Luther King was alive today I think that he would be proud of how far we’ve come, even if we haven’t come that far but i also think he would still be a little bit disappointed because there are still a lot of things going on that he wouldn’t like.

  • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

    I think if Dr. King were to walk through my community that I live in currently I think he wouldn’t be satisfied about the area he would be walking in Because of the the amount of people who have stated unemployment and cannot get a job black or white.Dr. king wanted people to be equal that day he spoke out and still 50 years later some places can’t or won’t understand and will think of nothing.

    Important opportunities have been pushed away like they were nothing. There are still some schools that don’t have the same equality as others. We have had 50 years and still struggling to fulfill his wish all the way. if he were to see that some people aren’t given chances he would get upset.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with Caden M. that Martin Luther King Jr. would not be happy because the unemployment rate is not fair and some school still don’t allowed equality for black and whites.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    In my opinion I fell that Martin Luther King Jr. would not
    be satisfied with the way the world is now. Although the world has changed a
    lot through the 50 years after his speech, public schools with segregation is
    still a problem. As it stated in the KQED video, “around 80 % of black and Latino
    students go to schools with non white students. 15% are 90% to 95% all black or
    all Latino students in public schools.” This is saying that more students are in
    schools with their same race. If Martin Luther King Jr. would too walk through
    our town today he would want to see more variety of races in each classroom.

    As you can see from this evidence of exposure
    of race for the typical black student the percentage has dropped significantly
    more than 2 percent.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with Claire B. that Martin Luther King Jr. would not be happy because all work he went through to get our countries to stop being racist went down the drain.

  • Devon D per#2_shuttle

    If Martin Luther King Jr. were to walk through our community today I think he would Be more satisfied than he was 50 years ago. He would see that everyone has now come to peace and that everyone is equal. That most schools around the U.S have all races and that are all equal. There are still people out there that are still for segregation but most if not all of the U.S is equal to all races . When he sees that segregation somewhat over he would be filled with joy knowing that now everyone gets along with all the diverse races. When he looks into school systems to see that blacks and whites are mixed he would know that his I Had a Dream speech worked. But, on the other hand he would see how hateful people still are to the diverse races. An example is President Barack Obama, Some people show hate towards him just because he`s a black president. Martin Luther king Jr. would be dissatisfied with the fact that we take pity on the president just for being a different color. Sure people don`t like the decisions he has made for this country but there is no need to hate someone for what they look like. Over all Martin Luther king Jr. would be proud of us that we over came segregation and fought past our differences between one another .

    • Shemar_D_2

      Yes I agree. People should realize that one of the main things that he fought for was segregation and that is greatly decreased.

    • Dylan_L_period3

      This is 100% true because it is a lot better than it was 50 years ago. AT the same time he will be sad.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree that things have gotten better but it still needs to be improved.

  • Dennis S

    What would Martin Luther King Jr think about the state of today? He would be a little satisfied. But there is a lot going on that he would not have wanted. Racism still exists, violence is a little too common, and in truth, a good number of places have not changed. We have improved, and we should be proud, but we still have long to go.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Why would he be even the slittiest of being ok with our world now. it’s absolutely terrible, the unemployment rater of blacks, the education difference between whites and blacks and latin americans. It’s terrible I think your wrong.

    • SpencerH_4

      I agree completely you cannot change the entire worlds prospective on something theres always going to be the people who don’t agree so compared to how it was then to now he did a pretty darn good job even though 80% of latinos go to schools with no white kids there.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree there is still along way to go in this world for everyone to get along with everyone else, there has been a slight chance since he died but there has been a big change in the world we live in.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with what you have said about how we have most definitely improved from 50 years ago but a lot needs to still be changed.

    • Trent_H_Period3

      Thats exactly right, although it may seem like we have eliminated the racism from our areas, it very well still exists in other places but we just don’t know it.

  • Shemar_D_2

    I think MLK would be dissatisfied if he were to walk down our streets
    today. While the huge issue of segregation has been solved the
    percentage of blacks to whites are not even. For instance in our school
    we have a small amount of African Americans,but we don’t have any laws
    preventing them from living here as we used to with segregation. And
    while racism still exists today, it is not nearly as bad as it used to
    be. As you can see in the picture below he have come a long way since
    the 1940′s. But while those issues have been solved its still not
    exactly what he wanted.

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    If MLK were to walk through my neighborhood I believe he would be okay with the lack of segregation in the class rooms and opportunities at my specific school. This being said I don’t think he would be happy wight he overall situation. Though I live in a very culturally diverse area , there are still stereotypes and boundaries that exist. As Matthew Green said in the article, “…while tremendous progress on some levels has been made since then, a striking number of King’s demands have yet to be realized.”

    My school district is mostly a higher income district, but we still see a gap in things like test scores and graduation rates between races. I believe gaps like this in all school districts are due to a cycle people, or groups of people, fall into. When you look at urban and/or low income areas there tends to be a trend of having lower scores on standardized tests and lower graduation rates. These areas also tend to have a higher population of african americans and hispanics. These low scores and low graduation rates lead to lower paying jobs and higher poverty rates. With lower paying jobs people may be stuck in the same area where it’s cheaper to live, meaning their future kids go to the same type of schools and get stuck in the same cycle. Though there are many exceptions for this rule, this cycle tends to be what mostly happens. In order to see real equality between races and economic classes we need to focus our attention on the school systems and implement programs in the lower income areas to keep kids motivated, in school, and out of trouble. Making sure kids have access to a good education and having the motivation to finish school helps break the cycle and brings us a step closer to equality.

  • JPaulino-2Boyd/Bence

    From the 1960′s onward could be described as the most culturaly changing time of our country. We went from separation and segregation between races in bathrooms and busses to our first African-American President and have 13.6 percent of our population having African ancestry. However, in spite of many of the changes to our societal views on race, the overwhelming amount of racial bias still in our nation today is obvious.
    Since the 50′s, the unemployment rate of Caucasian people has been consistently about half that of the African-American community. Mr. Tilghman says the exact same thing. Shown in the graph below, the number of Black unemployed people has always been more than their White counterparts.
    I think that based on this information and the blatant bias that we see in our lives, if Dr. King were still here with us today, the Civil Rights movement would still be alive and shouting.

    • JPaulino-2Boyd/Bence

      Sorry, the graph is right here.

      • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

        I agree look at the stats of these unemployed blacks

  • madisono-2boydbence

    If MLK were to walk through our community today he probably would be both satisfied and unsatisfied. According to Matthew Green, “More often overlooked, however, was his fight against economic inequality and his (MLK) ongoing push for a more integrated society.”
    Going off of that topic, we have made tremendous strides in progress from where we were when the Civil Rights Movement began in the ’60s and I think that MLK would be very proud that we have made it this far but, I believe that we are not yet where MLK would want us to be.
    Just here in Dallas, if you were to drive south, towards Houston, from here in Coppell, you would see many different economic standings. For example, in Coppell, the economic standings are diverse yet all are higher rankings but, if you were in South Dallas, just about 30 minutes south from Coppell, the economic rankings would be lower.
    Using this as evidence, in my opinion MLK would probably not be happy with this because, as stated before, one of the overlooked dreams of MLK is the fight against economic inequality and looking at how unequal and diverse the economic rankings are just in the Dallas area shows that we have not reached that goal.

  • CarlosR_Per3_BoydBence

    “If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would he be happy or dissatisfied with?” As soon as I looked at this question I said without a thought that the community I live in leave Dr.King unsatisfied.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Regardless of the schools you go to, if you work hard, and make a A’s you can get into a college. Even if it is not Harvard, a college degree is a college degree. And how would you propose we fix this. Do we force people that are paying higher taxes to drive farther to go to other schools, and let people that are paying lower taxes go and drive farther to go to better schools so that we can make each school exactly even in the race distribution?

    • Alice_B_4

      I agree completely. My whiteness affords me a lot of privilege that people of color do not have, and growing up in the world I’ve lived in with little education on racism, in a way, I’ve been raised to be racist. White people cannot speak for people of color and tell them that things are easy, because we don’t know–they’ve always been easy for us.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I’d have to say while schools might be separated I think that if the students tried hard enough that they could be excepted in to collage. It’s all up to them.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I disagree with saying that african americans don’t live in “rich neighborhood” because of segregation. It could be immigration, education, and/or how they were raised. and you have to admit segregation has gotten a lot better from when MLK was alive.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with you 100%. Though, with everything that has changed, MLK would appreciate the things that he has affected. But, at the same time, he would be disappointed with the things he couldn’t quite change. I wish we all lived in a community that didn’t have ANY segregation. Luckily, I do. But that’s sadly not the case for everyone. I just hope that people will come to their senses and get rid of racism completely.

  • Ryan_R_2

    If Martin Luther King Jr. walked down the streets that bore his name, he would feel disrespected. He would feel like he put all his work into nothing because no one is taking the message into consideration. He would feel insulted and would be displeased. I find the irony in the whole situation kind of humorous actually. If I were to live in that area, I wouldn’t think of MLK as the man he was. I would think of him as being one of the residents on that street. He would not be satisfied. He would not feel respected and would certainly want to change these ways.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    If Martin Luther King Jr. came to our world I believe that he would not be satisfy because in the KQED video it states that “around 80 % of black and Latino students go to schools with non-white students and 15% are 90% to 95% all black or all Latino students in public schools.” Which means some of our school are still racist in some countries. Now, this does not mean that all are racist, but it does help prove that racial integration is still ongoing. In addition, look at all the racist comments and things floating around the internet, conversations, etc. 50 years is clearly not a long enough time to sweep away all the differences. However, 50 years is also a very long time. The volume to which we see these comments should not still be here.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      I agree this is unacceptical. we need to put aside differences and just get along.

  • Luke patton

    I think that if Martin luther King wouldn’t be satisfied with the results. “You know what’s so sad? Martin Luther King stood for non violence. And I don’t care where you are in America, if you’re on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there’s some violence going down.” this comes from Chris Rock and I think he makes a good point. I mean sure we have done some of the things he asked for. There is still racism and worse things happening everyday. From gang violence to racist comments, not much has changed. So, overall MLK would not be pleased.

  • Guest

    “If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would he be happy or dissatisfied with?” I answered this question without

  • Luke_A_Period3

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be ashamed of society today. Martin Luther King stood for making your way in life. He fought for making the world equal so that no matter who you are, you can go and get an education and earn a nice job and make a nice living. Martin Luther King did not fight, ask for, or want hand outs. What he fought for is what he earned. A world that you can make your way in by working 3 times harder then the next guy. Whether it is 6 day work weeks, or 12 hour work days, no one is holding you back but you.
    The man in that video said that 1 out of every 9 African Americans in in jail. The American Justice System is one of the fairest known to man. The only way to become incarcerated is to be found guilty of a crime. Therefore, if you are in jail, it is likely you committed a crime. Again, you made your own choices and it got you to where you are today.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Work Quote from Martin Luther King

  • JTM_3boydbence

    I think that he would be ashamed of not the society as a hole but the african american society. The resin being is because he wanted to have equal opportunity for all groups of people. But they have been given this opportunity but they are not taking it. Now yes there are a minority that has but the majority has not. You can drag a horses to water but I cant make him drink it. So this would explain the higher unemployment rate of african americans.

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    If MLK were to come to our world presently, then he would be very disappointed. He would be disappointed because ” 80% of blacks and latin americans go to public schools with no white students”. So what this proves is that segregation is still present to this day and are separating us from being together. This is the complete opposite of what MLK wanted for us 50 years ago. So we need to fix this and have schools with a variety of races and absolutely no segregation at all.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you on the fact that schools seem to be separated but I would have to say that a lot of the obvious segregative barriers have been removed and it’s the people that need to change.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I don’t know if i agree with you yes there are schools that don’t have white people and there are schools that don’t have black people but there are menu schools that are completely mixed and non segregated

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    If Marin Luther King walked through our neighborhood he would be happy and dissatisfied with many things. After Martin Luther King’s death, things started to slowly turn. Compared to the segregation back than it has improved slightly. We don’t have places for white people and places for black people. We haven’t fully reached Martin Luther King’s dream. If we look around black people don’t have good jobs to support their family like white people. There’s a lot of unemployment which doesn’t give black people the right opportunities to succeed. I’m sure Martin Luther King wanted equal opportunities for each race.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      Heres another picture

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    “If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would he be happy or dissatisfied with?” I answered this question without hesitation and I said that Mr.King would be dissatisfied. My community is 83% white 6% Latino/Hispanic and 3% African American. (areaconnect.com) I think that the reason for these numbers is because racism isn’t gone and in a way segregation isn’t either. All the houses in my community are pretty expensive and a majority of the apartment rent is expensive as well. Most of the Latino/Hispanic and African American community aren’t financially able to afford apartments or homes in my community. So by default they get into the schools in my neighborhood and then they can’t get out of the place they’re in. This keeps all the minorities in the place that rich white people want them to be. It’s like secret segregation.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    I have heard Martin Luther King Jr.’s story many times sense I was little. I have heard his speech and I have studied his characteristics. He was a brave leader, who was very trustworthy and persistent. He wouldn’t stop until his people got fair treatment and equal rights, not just an ignored law. I believe if he were still here today he would be happy that there has been improvement but his dream in this time period would be to keep improving until we fulfill his goal. In an interview with Morgan Freeman he stated that the only way to end racism is to stop talking about it (you can find the interview at the following link) http://www.wrko.com/blog/todd/morgan-freeman-stop-talking-about-race
    I completely agree with this, I believe this is the first step to ending racism. If Martin Luther King Jr. were here I don’t think he would be satisfied with the unemployment rate of African Americans or the way they are spoken to in many circumstances, and I don’t think any of us should be satisfied with this either.

  • Dylan_L_period3

    If MLK were to walk in our world today I think that he would be very happy and disappointed at the same time. He would be happy because there is a heck of a lot more equality between races now than there was in the 60′s. While there is no longer segregation there is still not an equal amount of whites and blacks in the public school systems.
    This is only in certain cities though. For instance if you got to the Mesquite school district it is the complete opposite of Coppell. In Mesquite the school districts are mainly blacks and mexicans. The whites are the minority.

  • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

    I feel that if MLK came back and went through are community what would he think? I feel like he would be confused. While the laws are gone the statistics have not changed a lot. Shukree Hassan Tilghman said it best when he said “You can’t be a history person and not understand that there has been a great change but it is only the start.” MLK wanted to get rid of segregation not just the laws but to change the mindset of the people. People have not completely changed their views. They say that their is no racism in their lives yet they say and the actions they make a different statment

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you I think that for some things MLK will be appalled of what he sees but he will be happy that black and white people will have the same rights
      So i think that he will be vary confused with how it is today

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    “If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would he be happy or dissatisfied with?” I answered this question without a doubt there is still segregation in the community I live in today. Segregation had slowly changed through the time being he was there. Martin Luther King’s dream still has not been fulfilled till this day. If we look around black people work at McDonald’s,Gas Stations, maybe some our successful to be the CEO of a company, NBA Players. White People have many more opportunities around the world like CEO, Major Sports Players, and many more. Most of my community is white people and I see only one or two black people living in a very nice house.

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    “If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think
    he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would
    he be happy or dissatisfied with?” I think he would be upset. We aren’t segregated, but we are still racist. “80% of African American and Latin Americans go to public schools with no white students.” Now that may not prove as racist, but that also means those students don’t go to school with other white students and therefore have a higher chance of growing up and being arrogant or insensitive to other races.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree with you saying that there are still racist in the world ,but i disagree with saying that latinos and african americans go to school with out whites because of segregation, because there are also reasons like immgration, parents income affecting where they live.

  • Alice_B_4

    Martin Luther King Jr would be disappointed in our society today. In addition to racist slurs and some segregation, there are the added issues of cultural appropriation, lack of representation, and whitewashing. Although the general consensus, as far as I have seen, is that our society is still racist, I don’t imagine that many people will change. You’ll still use racist slurs, make jokes based on racist stereotypes, and defend lack of representation with things like “black people weren’t around then” or “race doesn’t matter”. We’ve made race matter. The NYPD’s Stop And Frisk Policy is notoriously racist, and by now, I’m sure we’re all aware of Arizona’s prejudiced immigration laws and the case of Trayvon Martin. America is trying very hard to seem post-racial, but as Matt Green wrote, “a number of King’s demands have yet to be realized.”

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    If Martin Luther King walked through our community today I think that he would be satisfied with the fact that segregation has simmered down and that we don’t treat African Americans like they did 50 years ago. But I think he would be displeased with the amount of racism that goes on in the world. Here in Coppell there is no segregation within the schools, but other schools around the state even around the country have schools where Latinos and African Americans are the only races in the schools and white people go to other schools. People lack much respect to the races around us and it shows, sometimes the African Americans and Latinos don’t get as many opportunities and White people get. I think he would be upset if he walked through our communities.

  • Andrea Ortiz

    “If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would he be happy or dissatisfied with?” I feel like if Martin Luther King was to walk in the streets now days he would be both disappointed and happy. Even though now days black people have the same rights as white people, they still overpower communities around the United States. “In cities across the country, there are streets named after fallen civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.. But in an ironic twist many of those streets run through some of those cities’ most impoverished, violent neighborhoods, where the population often happens to be largely African-American in composition.” -Matthew Green, black people are some of the most feared people in the Unites States even though they are granted all the rights white people have, they are treated unfairly in our society. They sometimes live in some of the most poor neighborhoods and they go to public schools that are not as good, they deserve to be treated like all other people but they aren’t. In the bright side Dr. King would be happy because now black people can be with white people without having to be separated they can now bled in and go to the same places white men do.

  • Raag Patel

    I think that if MLKJ walked the streets of our community today he woud b epartly impressed and partly not impressed. I think taht he would be impressed because if he went to our schools,

    • Riley_R_Period1

      I agree with you that he’d be satisfied with the way things are because all races are allowed to do the same things together. African Americans and White people are allowed to go to school together, eat in the same restaurants together, drink from the same water fountains, and sit next to each other on the same bus.. However, I think that he would also hate us because there is still racist comments made by white people that are directed towards black people.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I’m not sure that i totally agree with you. If he walk down the streets that have mostly black people he would be vary upset because he would see single mothers raising kids on well fare and tugs walking the streets. He would also see gangs taking over the place just for the power. Now has are word ben colored blinded yes and he would be happy about that.

  • alexm_3boydbence

    I feel as if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr would be would still be ashamed because their is still racism and racial integration going on today. The video up above states, “Around 80 % of black and Latino students go to schools with non-white students and 15% or 90% to 95% all black or all Latino students in public schools.” Their needs to be more diversity going on in the schools and community. If the children in the school are not exposed to a different variety of race, they can become racist. Therefore, I believe If Dr.Marther Luther King was to come back he would be dissapointed.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      While this is true, I feel that the only segregation that still exists is socially. Such as in most public schools. They kids separate themselves from other races and different cultures. I feel that is he were to walk through our community he would still be partly disappointing. But then it also depends on the community he is walking through.

    • Claire S 2

      Even if there is still racism and unacceptable behavior in regards to blacks, I feel as though MLK would still understand how much we’ve improved. He was a powerful, but still understanding man, and a problem that was in motion for such a long time will be hard to fix entirely. Old habits die hard, as they say!
      Though, I agree with you that he probably would be a little ashamed or disappointed because I admit, we still aren’t completely better yet, and it would make sense for him to be at least a little bit upset.

  • Brittney_D_Period3

    If Martin Luther King was here today, he would agree we’ve come a long way, but that we still have a log way to go. After all, many people are highly against racism, and we have even elected America’s first black president. But racism has defiantly not vanished completely. As seen in the graph, people still believe racism is a major problem. In all of the comments on this article, it is obvious these people are right.

    Not only is racism a problem, but the streets named after MLK are not respected as they should be. They are named after a great leader and should be respected as so. They are covered in graffiti, vandalism, and are dirty. I think that local schools and organizations should be making an effort to clean them up. Not all are this bad, for example one has a portrait of MLK on the side of a building.

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    If Martin Luther King Jr saw what how the world was today I believe he would see, from the time of Martin Luther King Jr’s, “I Have a Dream” speech to present day, there has been tremendous progress working towards everyone being equal. When I say tremendous progress, I mean tremendous progress. When Martin was alive he lived in a world where blacks and whites went to separate schools, used separate bathrooms, and the job opportunities of an African American were slim. Today in the year 2014 those restraints have been long gone. Today African Americans have the equal rights they deserve. Whites and blacks share the same school, job, and home. The major step that has recently taken place is that, The United States have their first African American president, and he is even on his 2nd term. Martin Luther King Jr would be proud to see his hope of equal rights in the progressive stage it is currently at.

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    “If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would he be happy or dissatisfied with?” This is is a really hard question to answer. If he were to walk through he’d see the removal of the obvious segregation such as separate bathrooms, water fountains, seats on the bus and things like that. If he were to look closer into society he might be disappointed. He’d be disappointed in the racial slurs, jokes and strait up hatred that some people have in them against other people just because of a pigment.

    • Riley_R_Period1

      I agree with you. I think he would be satisfied because all of the segregation has been removed. I also think he wouldn’t be satisfied because of the racial comments that some white people make in direction to African Americans.

  • SpencerH_4

    “80% of blacks and latin americans go to public schools with no white students” so to answer the question “If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are? What specific things would he be happy or dissatisfied with?” Im going to say it honestly depends on where you are in the world! It depends on the type of culture thats in that specific part of the United states. An example is people around the area of los angeles are more accepting to having a lot of cultures of people around them its more of a diverse and open community but comparing it to somewhere like Arkansas in the country where hicks are they might not be so accepting to having a different culture than they have they would want it to be exactly like how it is at the time! So im gonna have to say if honestly just depends where in the united states your looking at. For MLK to change the entire country’s view on culture conversions would be crazy but for what he did do was truly amazing because he did change a lot of peoples minds about how being anything different than white isn’t bad

    • Dylan_L_period3

      This is exactly true. If you are in a place in the south the odds are there will not be many blacks. Except in Louisiana. Also, you kind of just said the same thing over and over again. You have to change the subject.

  • Riley_R_Period1

    If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, I think he’d be satisfied with the way things are because all races are allowed to do the same things together. African Americans and White people are allowed to go to school together, eat in the same restaurants together, drink from the same water fountains, and sit next to each other on the same bus.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I agree with this statement. While there may be social segregation, there are no laws for separating the races.

      • Michelle_S_Period3

        I agree with you Riley_R_Period1, because everything you said was true. White and Black people are allowed to do all the same things everywhere anytime. Its very amazing actually how far we have improved since the 1950’s.

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    I think that if Martin Luther King Jr visited our society today. He would be disappointed. I think that our society still has a lot of racism today. There are still very racist jokes and stereo types. He would also be very disappointed that the streets that are named after him are violent streets. After all the work he did, and he gets that kind of recognition? He would be very disappointed. I don’t think that will change either. Even in the video it says ” Around 80% of Black and Latino students go to schools with non- white students and 15% or 90% to 95% all black or all latino students in public schools.” I also posted a screen shot of the Martin Luther King Jr street.

    • Riley_R_Period1

      I agree with you that he wouldn’t be satisfied because of the racial comments that some white people make in direction to African Americans. However, I think he’d be satisfied with the way things are because all races are allowed to do the same things together. African Americans and White people are allowed to go to school together, eat in the same restaurants together, drink from the same water fountains, and sit next to each other on the same bus.

  • MaggieS-2boydbence

    “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ ” During the Civil rights movement a big topic was race. But this movement was a jumping point for a lot of other equalities among other people. My sisters have a eye disease that makes studying and reading hard, this also makes it hard to get certain jobs. But with some help the are able to addend college and read and study and make straight A’s. And in a classroom setting not be treat differently. In the 60s this wouldn’t be the case. Another thing is gender, in the law gender is not disseminated against. But this community can be very judgmental against race. We tend to pick up and make judgments based on race. I think MLK would be proud with the attachments we have made with diversity for other people but for race we could do even more. Since MLK was alive we have made alot of change for the better and i think he would walk to streets and be proud of the changes but would also realize how far we need to go.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Im glad you said that about your sisters, that is a great point. They were at a disadvantage, but they worked hard and got though it. That is what the American dream is.

    • mramsey

      I really appreciate that your comment includes key other civil rights issues that have at least begun to be addressed in large part due to civil rights leaders including Dr. King. The Americans with Disabilities Act improved many issues for disabled citizens. However, the Equal Rights Amendment was never ratified. See the chart and resources below for more information–and check out this video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fUMWmbO1BM#t=13

      Americans with Disabilities Act

      http://www.ada.gov/2010_regs.htm

      Equal Rights Amendment

      http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/

      • mramsey

        Disregard that last image–tried to remove, but couldn’t–not related to topic.

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    If Martin Luther King Jr. were to be here in this generation I think that he would be disappointed. As a society we are very judgmental and racist. If we see a black person, some people are automatically scared. This is because in some peoples eyes all people of the African American race are “thugs”. People use evidence such as ” But in an ironic twist many of those streets run through some of those cities’ most impoverished, violent neighborhoods, where the population often happens to be largely African-American in composition.” It is a valid statement but there is always a reasoning behind it but we are not in the same generation as MLK. A lot has happened and I think that we are less violent but we are still discriminating, we are still judging, and we are still basing people on whats on the outside. If we stopped discriminating and judging I think MLK would be proud. “King is most famously remembered for his fight against the blatant discrimination and racial inequalities that continued to plague American society — most notably in the Deep South — well into the latter half of the 20th Century. More often overlooked, however, was his fight against economic inequality and his ongoing push for a more integrated society.”

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    If Martin Luther King was alive today, he would be pretty disappointed thinking that we could get at least little closer to equality. The article even says “And while tremendous progress on some levels has been made since then, a striking number of King’s demands have yet to be realized.” Will we ever come to true equality? I think not, if you have read Harrison Burgeron, you’ll see why true equality isn’t really all that great. I believe while MLK’s dream might never come true, this is almost as close we can get without freedom getting compromised.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree with you saying that we probably will never be 100% equal because no matter how much things get positive there are always people willing to be negative.

  • Guest

    If Mr.King would to have walked the roads of today’s society, I believe he would not be all that satisfied. We still have many problems unfixed as of now, and some of them need a good fixing. If Martin Luther King were to be present today he would most likely be disappointed that racial equality is still present and is masked within out society. Today, we see our neighbors of all races and cultures living among us and we enjoy their company, yet there are small groups out there of think otherwise. While living here, you might happen to come across the phrase “cracker”, the “n” word, or even “yellow skinned rat”. The phrases are still lingering in the shadows and hurting those who walk by them. We also see those who are unemployed due to their race. Looking at the graph below, we can see that African Americans are still heavily unemployed. Shukree Hassan Tilghman stated”…we’re re-segregating along racial and ethnic lines and also along class lines…” which is very much true. Not only have we re-segregated, but we have segregated into class, ethnicity, and intelligence as well. The poor stay poor and have little to no money to be educated, and the rich stay rich. Overall, I can say that our current society is alright. It is not bad, but it’s not good either. I think Martin Luther King would be disappoint that his dream is not yet completely true, but I believe he will be happy that people of all types have the same OPPORTUNITY to learn and be employed.

  • Guest

    If Mr.King would to have walked the roads of today’s society, I believe he would not be all that satisfied. We still have many problems unfixed as of now, and some of them need a good fixing. If Martin Luther King were to be present today he would most likely be disappointed that racial equality is still present and is masked within out society. Today, we see our neighbors of all races and cultures living among us and we enjoy their company, yet there are small groups out there of think otherwise. While living here, you might happen to come across the phrase “cracker”, the “n” word, or even “yellow skinned rat”. The phrases are still lingering in the shadows and hurting those who walk by them. We also see those who are unemployed due to their race. Looking at the graph below, we can see that African Americans are still heavily unemployed. Shukree Hassan Tilghman stated”…we’re re-segregating along racial and ethnic lines and also along class lines…” which is very much true. Not only have we re-segregated, but we have segregated into class, ethnicity, and intelligence as well. The poor stay poor and have little to no money to be educated, and the rich stay rich. Overall, I can say that our current society is alright. It is not bad, but it’s not good either. I think Martin Luther King would be disappoint that his dream is not yet completely true, but I believe he will be happy that people of all types have the same opportunity to learn and be employed.

    • Claire S 2

      Your stats definitely show that we still are not completely equal, and I understand we still need to work a lot of our problems out, but I think MLK would still be satisfied that we aren’t completely segregated anymore and understand that we are still working towards a goal of complete equality.

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    I feel that overall, Martin Luther King Jr. would not be happy. Although most if not all schools are mixed race, you’ll find that the majority of the people in the Coppell school area aren’t African American. But for a better representation, we can also look at Chicago. The city has a wide range of people, from Caucasians to African Americans to Hispanics. But even with the large mix, the poverty rate is still higher for the black community. Martin Luther King might like that black boys and black girls are standing near to white boys and white girls, but under the first layer you’ll find that the black boys and girls are standing quite a bit BEHIND the white boys and girls.
    Even though this country is “unsegregated” and I cannot accuse or prove of this, there seems to be some type of segregation everywhere. If it’s from getting last pick for a team, getting turned down from a job, or given a different level of trust, little things that people do affect the equality of different races in the United States.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    I believe that if Martin Luther King Jr. was in our world today he would be pleased and disappointed. He would be disappointed because of the goals we have not yet met. Although there are not as many African American in political positions or jobs, but I think thats just because of population. In the chart below provided by http://www.censusscope.org/us/map_nhblack.htmlit shows the area of Blacks and Hispanics are most at. So being that a lack of population of this race could be the difference in most cases. But he would also be upset with the racial terms that we have created. And also that there is still a boundary, my community is 83% white, 6% Latino/Hispanic, and 3% African American according to areaconnect.com. And profiling, many people assume that a person from another race could a threat to them, and that is not true at all but many people still think this. But Martin Luther King Jr. still has something to cheer about. Equality is extremely well, infinitely times better than it was in the 1960′s. We have elected and re-elected Barack Obama as our president, making him the first black president. If anything the United States has gotten far better with giving others equal opportunities. Overall, I think that Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud of our steps to achieve even further more equality.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    I believe that if Martin Luther King Jr. was in our world today he would be pleased and disappointed. He would be disappointed because of the goals we have not yet met. Although there are not as many African American in political positions or jobs, but I think thats just because of population. In the chart below provided by http://www.censusscope.org/us/map_nhblack.htmlit shows the area of Blacks and Hispanics are most at. So being that a lack of population of this race could be the difference in most cases. But he would also be upset with the racial terms that we have created. And also that there is still a boundary, my community is 83% white, 6% Latino/Hispanic, and 3% African American according to areaconnect.com. And profiling, many people assume that a person from another race could a threat to them, and that is not true at all but many people still think this. But Martin Luther King Jr. still has something to cheer about. Equality is extremely well, infinitely times better than it was in the 1960′s. We have elected and re-elected Barack Obama as our president, making him the first black president. If anything the United States has gotten far better with giving others equal opportunities. Overall, I think that Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud of our steps to achieve even further more equality.

  • Mark_L_Period3

    I think that Martin Luther King Jr. would be very disappointed with the way things are occurring at the moment. According to this article, “King is most famously remembered for his fight against the blatant discrimination and racial inequalities that continued to plague American society “. I have to agree that there isn’t as much discrimination as there was a while ago. However, there is still a lot of racism in the world right now. This can be obvious in some cases because some people choose to be ignorant and rude by making unnecessary comments towards other races. While others, choose to treat other individuals ‘normally’ while disliking that person(s) in their mind or behind their back. Although other races aren’t treated as badly as they were a few dozen years ago, there have been other ways in which they got worse. For example, the internet gives a chance to many people to make impolite comments about other races.

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    kk

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    In my opinion, I believe that MLKJ would be very pleased with all that has since his death. Although many of his goals have not ben accomplished, With what has been accomplished i think he would be somewhat satishfied

  • Erin Bannon

    If MLKjr walked through our community today, I think he would be satisfied and disappointed at the same time. He would be satisfied by how segregation is no longer a big problem but in the video, Shukree Tilghman stated that schools are becoming more segregated which could be a disappointment to him. After his famous “I Have a Dream” speech people were still for segregation, then years and years after the law was past people were ok with non-segregation. And now segregation is becoming more of an issue again. MLKjr would be pleased with how far we have come but may be disappointed with what the future holds.

    • David_N_2

      Thank you Erin Bannon for your view of this issue.
      I have to say that I slightly agree with you about martin Luther king being both happy and disappointed about our community. When you speak about schools being segregated, I see that a school itself is not segregated but merely has a higher percentage of a certain ethnicity due to the neighboring area. Segregation goes beyond schools. It goes to gender, age, intelligence, and money. We are segregated into class due to how much money we have. We having varying intelligence because some of us cannot afford education. Some of us are even paid less because we are male or female. Our world is a sick twisted place in which people are taken over by greed and hatred. Segregation is powered by that same greed and hatred. Though it may seem bad, we are lucky we have the chance to overcome it. We can apply for any job we desire, and we have a chance to make money to feed our mouths. Martin Luther King would be happy about that for sure. Even though we have small smudges on our society, we’re on the verge of cleansing it and pursuing Martin Luther King’s dream.

  • Jacob_F_Per4

    If MLK Jr. walked through society today I think he would be happy to see improvement, but upset upon not seeing true equality. While we aren’t segregated legally like we were then we are still seeing things like “80% of black and latino students go to schools that are majority non-white. He would be pleased that it isn’t a legal matter, but displeased that it’s still segregated. The fact that people of any race can have any job would be something that would satisfy him too.

    • Michelle_S_Period3

      I agree with you Jacob_F_Per4, because you don’t usually see black and hispanic people in the private schools…most of them go to the public schools. The statistics you gave me were completely true. 80% of black and hispanic people go to public schools and it is racial.

      • Jason

        I disagree with what you have to say speaking sense a good friend went to a private school and it was full of mostly different races, not many Caucasian

    • Jason

      MLK is cool

  • Isabella_V_Period3

    If Martin Luther King, Jr. were to see how society is today, I believe that he would not be satisfied with how things are today. On the surface it seems like there isn’t any segregation because of the law, but in reality there are schools that are segregated. In the video Shurkee Tilghman said, “Around 80% of Black and Latino students go to schools that are a majority of non-white students. Around 15% of Black and Latino students go to schools which are 98 or 99% all Black or all Latino non-white.” Even though now we’re not being segregated by law, we’re still being segregated financially. The schools that you would see that are mostly Black and Latino students are usually known as the “ghetto poor schools” verses the schools that are a majority of White people are known as the “rich schools”. Black and Latinos are usually in these schools because they cannot afford to go to schools with better education or live in the area of those schools. All of this can go backup the reason why the unemployment rate for African Americans has not changed in 50 years. They were not given the same education as others. When people don’t get a good education it’s difficult for them to get a job.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    If Martin Luther King walked through are community today, He
    wouldn’t be satisfied with the way things are. Because of the amount of
    diversity in our community/ school is beyond low. For example in Public School in
    Martin Luther King’s time his schools were completely separate. In 2014 school all
    colors and race are not as separated as they were but there not equal races either. In the KQED video it states
    “around 80 % of black and Latino students go to schools with non-white students
    and 15% are 90% to 95% all black or all Latino students in public schools.” I
    think Martin Luther King would of wanted a more fair
    playing field for all children of different races that go to school.Martin Luther King would want Equal amounts of races in a school
    we have a long way to improved for Martin Luther King to be
    proud. Martin Luther King would say the time is always right to do what is
    right we still have time to make a change.

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    Honestly? It’s kind of both. I mean, MLK would be very happy to see that there isn’t nearly as much racism going on as there was back then. Yes, not as much. Though black people do have as many rights as white people do, racism is still a current thing. He would be upset to see that racism is still a current issue, just not as bad as it was before hand. And not only that, he’d be disappointed to see how many ghettos there are. And how bad a lot of the streets with his name are. MLK worked so hard, and I don’t think he’d be as happy as he could be. Yes, his happiness would outweigh his disappointment. But his disappointment would STILL BE THERE. We have to keep this in mind. Though our community is a lot better than it used to be, it’s still not perfect. And I hope that can be fixed.

    • Johanna Skarbek

      I agree with you. Since racism still very much exists, he might be disappointed that after 50+ years we still haven’t accepted all people are people.

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    I think that if Martin Luther King Jr. were still alive he would be happy with all the changes that have been made from discrimination, But at the same time I feel like he wouldn’t be 100% satisfied with everything around him. Yes the world has come a long way from what it used to be in 1950′s , yet there is still a lot of problems dealing with equality and racism. There are people that are still racist and MLK would not appericate that they still feel the need for inequality. And there are people not willing to give someone a job depending on their color.

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    The graph is unemployment rate by race

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    • Michelle_S_Period3

      I agree with you lilliand_3_boydbence, we arent a perfect country and Martin Luther King would not be 100% happy with our country today. This country has come out of racism but the surrounding images of our country and the people in it are not all exactly that much very happy of how we act towards racism.

    • Johanna Skarbek

      I agree. I find no reason someone should not get a job because of their race, but that still happens.

  • Trent_H_Period3

    As many others have said, I also believe that MLK Jr. would be sad but at the same time be a little pleased. He will be sad because we still have many problems with racism and people making rude and crude jokes about other races. On the other hand though he will be pleased about the fact that we have stopped the segregation in our schools and communities to where it is very, very rare thing to see out in public. We are progressing in this matter, fixing it slowly and mending the wound that we have made towards other races but we may take a very long time to completely fix this problem.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I completely agree with this. Nowadays, one of the main race problems are the cruel jokes people make about the other races. I feel like that would be Martin Luther’s main concern with today’s society.

    • Johanna Skarbek

      I agree with you. I think he would appreciate our progress, but have us know we haven’t quite achieved his dream just yet.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    MLK was one of the most inspirational people of this world and he has shared with us his wonderful “I have a dream…” speech that gave us much hope of what the future could become. We would love to think that he would be pleased if he were to walk the streets of the community’s of this day and age but sadly in some major areas things have not changed.Yes,racism is horrible and should’t be okay but sadly we live in a world where some people don’t agree.We have to remember that we have a constitution that says we have the freedom of speech so we can’t necessarily “stop” how people view certain things and tell them what to think because there will always be that person who is set on what they think should or should not be allowed to do . Even though there are many stubborn people I believe that It could definitely be helped but not stopped for good which is practically asking for world peace.It would be lovely and it’s something great but in reality wont happen.
    We still have major events that I believe MLK would be proud of where people with strong opinions come together and express how they feel for the great or good such as The planned parenthood protest June 26th.Those are the things he would be happy to see that people still fight for whats right.
    Though in some ways he would be pleased MLK would definitely be disappointed with the racial bullying and horrible slang words that are still being used without the thought of how it makes people of other races feel.I do feel like he would be proud of some of the small progress we have made though, every bit counts. Here is just a graph of some progress that we have made

    • Jason

      I totally agree with everything you had to say.

      • mramsey

        I find it distressing that you believe, “there’s not much we can do to stop them.”
        Where would this nation be if MLK had shared that same sentiment?

  • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

    I think MLK will be vary unhappy that his dream was reached and now racism is used for political gain. People now they use the fear of racism to get money and power even if they are not qualified for the job. They get it just because people fell that if they don’t vote for him they will be looked down at for racism. So MLK will be terribly mad at what his legacy is being used for that we just pity black people because of what are ancestors did and will let them do almost enemy thing and ether vote for him and be happy for thin selfs or not vote for him and be looked down upon

    • mramsey

      Who is “we”? I don’t understand what you mean by “racism is used for political gain.”

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    If Martin Luther King were to walk down the streets of dallas he would be unsatisfied. I don’t think segregation hasn’t been handled the way he wanted it to. There still segregation in our world today. its think what Shukree Tilghman was saying in the video “80% of black and latinos attend school that are majority non- white.” The graph below is the percent of students attending school in D.I.S.D school system by race in first grade. The majority is latino and black students. Yes, there is no law that says schools have to be this way yet we still find ourselves in this situation. I think over time we have resegregated ourselves like Shukree Tilghman said in the video ”we are resegregating under race and ethnicity lines even class lines.” I think this is happening because the lack of desegregation compared to fifty years ago where people fought for that right. there has been some improvement a lot with desegregation, because our world today is nothing like it was fifty years ago. “But the best way to ”honor those people who march and lead the march is recognize the work the still need to be done.” – Shukree Tilghman

    • mramsey

      Nice job of including evidence to support your claims. I appreciate the inclusion of quotes and the graph.

  • Guest

    If Martin Luther King walked through my community today I believe that he would be satisfied for the most part. Since the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s we have made lots of progress. We aren’t fully at the point that MLK would like us to be, but we are getting there.

    The 1950’s through today our country has changed a lot. We have gone from segregated schools, bathrooms, and much more to having an African-American president. I believe that this is a HUGE leap of change from what it was like in the 1950’s.

    Some things that he would be happy with is where our schools systems are today. The schools in America use to be segregated and you wouldn’t think that our country would have ever integrated schools. I believe that MLK would be very satisfied with how far we have come with integrating schools. We are not a perfect country, but we have improved with integrating our schools compared to the 1950’s.

    • Claire S 2

      I agree! Even if we aren’t completely there yet, I’m sure our current moves in the right direction would definitely please him.
      I think the school would most likely have the most affect on him, as now blacks are getting the same amount of education as we are, with no problems or situations that need to be worked around.

  • Johanna Skarbek

    Johanna S – Period 2 – BoydBence
    I believe MLK Jr. would probably be ok with how things are if he saw them today, but not completely. He would remember that blacks used to not be treated like people. I think he would be impressed to see a black president and many other very successful black people. However, I think if he could say something else to us, he would reprimand us. There is still racism in this world, but it is not as it used to be. A lot of people believe blacks to be more likely to commit crimes and such, and I think MLK would tell us different.

  • madelyn

    MadelynR_3boydbence In my opinion, MLK would be both satisfied and unsatisfied with how society has become. If MLK was alive today, he would be satisfied with how schools, restaurants, and other public places are no longer segregated. Due to his efforts, African Americans are allowed to vote, hold high profile jobs, ride on busses freely, as well as other things that at one time they weren’t allowed to do. While MLK would be satisfied with some areas, he would be unsatisfied with others. For some individuals, no matter how far society has come, seeing the first African American president wasn’t acceptable due to the color of his skin. Another aspect of society that MLK would be unsatisfied with is the day to day racisim that still exist.

  • Claire S 2

    I feel as though MLK would only be a little pleased with how far we’ve come since the Civil Rights movement came to an end. I’m sure he’d be happy about there no longer being any segregation of buildings and facilities, and that blacks now have the same rights as whites, and are allowed to ride buses with no problems, work civil jobs, and even vote! All of which were problems, among many others, that blacks faced when they first came to the place we now call the United States.
    However, we are still trying to completely accept Africans, African Americans, and practically any human that doesn’t share our skin tone. We still use racist slurs, and treat blacks as lower than us.
    Hopefully, if he did come back, MLK could help us fix ourselves even more, and teach us how to be perfectly equal, despite our differences.

  • Jason

    I feel as though MLK would be slightly displeasured by how there are still a few rude racial comments, but would be pleased in a way, that it has gone down a lot, and that there are more technology around, and more jobs filled with all races. All and all he will probably see that what he has done has had such a huge impact on the world and if i was him I would be proud of myself.

  • Christen Webb

    If Martin Luther King Jr. was still alive today, I believe that he would be content with how far we have come. However, I think he he would think that we may not have done enough to truly equalize everyone, because, according to the article and many other sources, there are many Non-whites who do not have the opportunity to go to good schools because they have not been able to rise out of the poverty that our forefathers had once thrown them into. I think he would agree that we need to do more to give everyone truly equal opportunities from the start, not just for employment or colleges.

  • Xavier Dickinson

    I think that if Martin Luther King Jr. walked in our community today he would not be happy with our community because it is not how he thought it would be after his untimely demise.He would be happy about how the amount of racism there had been has gone down, but has not disappeared. He would be dissatisfied with our there is still racism in certain places in our community today. He would be satisfied with the equality of different races in public places in certain communities. He would be unhappy with with the amount of drop-outs of students of color in our community today, but he would also be proud of all of the students of color who did not drop-out and stay in school. He would not be happy with all of the violence and gun problems we have been having in our community. He would also be very unhappy about all of the of the blacks are being killed or they are ending up going to jail. So overall Martin Luther King Jr. would be very unhappy with certain things, but he would be very unhappy about other things.

  • Steven Diaz Hernandez

    Personally I think King would be disgusted about it it’s like nothing happened and all his work was for nothing. As it is he fought for what he believed and even died for it that’s more than what most of us will do with our lives but we heard none of it today people are still racist and the n-word is used by idiots who don’t know better it’s also used all over media. People today are still made fun of their skin color and we just watch and keep walking. King would not like it at all I think I am talking about a dead man who did his best.

  • Riya

    I think that if Martin Luther King Junior walked through my community today, I think that he would be proud of some things that happened, but sad about others. For example, at school, for the most part everybody treats everyone equally. All different races sit together at lunch, and are friends, but sometimes, people still feel a little hesitant against the African Americans, and other races. It is not that obvious, but the feelings are still there. People sometimes still believe that different skin color of people are a little more inferior, and that needs to change.

  • Nick Welch

    Nick Welch
    I think that Martin Luther king would be very happy with our world today. He would be happy because all races are treated equally and that everyone is treated fairly. Another is that all people can have the same jobs. There is also no segregation and everyone gets equal rights.

  • Guest

    I think that if MLK walked through are country

  • Natalie H

    I don’t think that Martin Luther King Jr. would be pleased with our world now. He put so much effort and had his life taken away for civil rights. Today, we still have that subtle segregation and judgement of other people. All King wanted was for everyone to think equally, but we don’t. Even if we don’t think we do this, sometimes, we just unconciously judge other people even though we don’t know who they are. People still use racist jokes and say prejudice things. Though today is still better than 50 years ago, and I think King would be proud of his impact, I don’t think King would be fully satisfied with some of the things that still go on.

  • Ben

    I think that he would be very happy based off of how it was then and how it is now. Obviously the situation with black/white discrimination is much better now than it was then, but of course there are still some issues. He would think our community was very accepting and diverse, but at the same time he would be disappointed in some aspects. There are still some small discrimination issues and slang commonly used.

  • Tessa

    I think MLK would feel good about the way things are today. Nothing is discriminated any more and everyone, for the most part, gets along. Of course, people don’t always agree with each other which can cause arguments. Arguments can escalate but they don’t usually get any worse than yelling. Different people can go to school and they can ride a bus together. Those are some of the things MLK wanted. I’m proud of my community and MLK would be too.

  • Tucker Biorn

    I don’t think martin Luther king would like what has happened. people still think that black and white people are different. They think all blacks are getto all whites are rich and all Asian are smart but it is not like that people can be any thing you want.

  • RS

    I don’t think MLK would be happy with the amount of stereotypes against African-Americans.

  • Hyunwoo Roh

    I think Martin Luther King JR. would be both satisfied and disgusted because many things have improved but some things haven’t been solved. Some things that Martin Luther King JR. would satisfied would include co-ed school and how different races go to the same school. He would be disgusted with the crime rate and the little segregation and judgement of other people.

  • cristian

    I think he would be satisfied but if he would really listen closely to some people they are still pretty racist.

  • Otto Berndt

    I think that mlk would be un happy with the way people are treating each other. people treat each other differently based on there race. Other people treat each other equally. It is most likely 50 50 on who treats people equal.

  • Elyjah Benson

    If martin Luther King walked through my community today he would be unhappy with that Palo Alto is not very segregated because most of the community is white. not all but at least 75% (the majority). But he would be happy that it is not often that people are outright raciest to each other.

  • Lauren

    In my community, Martin Luther King Jr would be proud of the way we treat others but also disappointed. Most of the time, everyone treats everyone respectfully. However, people are still stereotypical about races.

  • Taylorr

    I believe that that if Martin Luther King jr. walked through my community he would be satisfied but if he went deeper to the people he would realize that many people treat people bad a do not respect people with different cultures and religions. So I think that if he was to walk through our town he would be happy until he does more research or talks to citizens in our community

  • Maya

    Many things have changed and equal rights are definitely stronger today, however, 50 years after the march on Washington, the world isn’t as Martin Luther King wanted it to be. Unemployment still occurs in the United States, and many other racial problems still haven’t been resolved. However, many changes have been made over the past 50 years, and I’m sure that Martin Luther King would be satisfied to see.

  • Thomas

    I think he would be satisfied how different races are friends with each other and how everyone is treating everyone the same way. The one thing that I do not think he would like is all the racist jokes. There are too many.

  • Matthew

    I dont think mlk would like what is happining because blacks are still getting dicriminated against and they are being called the n word which is a very bad word

  • Mia Zenger

    I think that Martin Luther King Jr. would be happy with how all of the different races get along with each other better. I don’t think that he would like how much that we have gotten done in 50 years. There is so much more that we can do.

  • Natalie C.

    (This is a bit of me typing my mind, a bit of rambling) If you think about it, Martin Luther King would be happy if he walked through the communities of the US today, because comparing it to 1960′s, today is amazing. Back then, they couldn’t do anything but at least now we all have the same opportunities. The problem is, people who start out poor generally end up poor, as richer people can go to collage and get better jobs. So we can’t give all those who are poor more money, to boost them ahead, because then all the richer people would complain. There really is nothing we can do about the poverty other than making collage free, and that would probably crash the economy by overflowing some of the jobs, and it would make the learning lower quality, creating dumber people. Then there is the racism, and all colored and all white communities. Obviously, nobody could convince people to all relocate. We can’t force people to like certain others, as long as it’s because of their personality. Kids could be raised differently, but then adults would have to change their minds and adults are stubborn. That would take a lot of therapy classes, and that could be too expensive, or people could refuse to go. Of course, those who are racists could simply deny that they don’t like someone for their skin color, but for the person them self, so that’s another impossible thing to solve. In conclusion, Martin Luther King would be happy as there is not much more that can be done, and opportunity wise the life is generally better.

  • David

    i think that MLK would be happy and have a great victory

  • Iris

    I think he would be pleased the that there is less racism but disappointed because people with different skin colors are still bullied, teased and excluded and people don’t always stand up for them.

  • Esme

    I think if MLK would be satisfied, and impressed. In my school, there are many groups and individual communities and everyone seems to be happy and kind.

    • Ezra

      Yes indeed.

  • Tyler Peery

    I think that MLK would be amazed and happy by how much less racism there is but would still be trying to change racial teasing and segregation in the few parts of the world today.

  • Francis P

    I think MLK would be satisfied because where I live it is very diverse and people of different races, political groups, and religions all interact with each other without any conflict.

    • Ezra

      Happy to hear that where you live!

  • aviv samet

    I think MLK jr. would be happy that most white people are not total racist jerks anymore but he’d be disappointed that there’s still economical inequality between different ethnicities.

    • Christina

      An interesting way to put it, but I agree.

    • aviv samet

      Because face it, there is still a lot of racism and prejudice still going on, and MLK will also be upset about unfair treatment and prejudice against other ethnic groups such as hispanics

  • Nathan

    I think that Martin Luther King would be pleased about the state of African-Americans in the U.S. Things have changed so much since his time, and I think he would feel very happy and fulfilled.

  • Saki M.

    I think MLKJ would be happy would be satisfied that there is no more segregation between whites and blacks, but also a little unhappy that there is still racism between other races.

  • Ellie

    I think MLK would be proud of how discrimination is frowned upon. However, there is still racism and people thinking of African Americans being different, which I don’t think he would like. I think MLK’s goal was to have complete equality, even in what people think and say.
    - Ellie K

  • Milli Lu

    I think that MLK jr. would be pleased that people are no longer segregated like they were back then but he would also be disappointed that some neighbourhoods are racially separated and there are many stereotypes. Also, it seems that most people make friends with those in their same racial group. But most people now are not that racist and every race has equal rights.

    • Christina

      Well said.

  • Esme

    I feel like he would be happy that every race, political group at my school gets a long fine and treat each other the same.

  • PK

    I think that He would be very happy with how we all get along and we are all friends no matter what race we are. I do not think he would be very happy with how some parents do not tell their children how it is bad to look at some one or to be rude to someone because of their race or or their color. There have been so many test about children always saying bad things to different races and the parents never correct them or tell them that it is bad. We ave been doing so well ov

    • Ezra

      I agree.

  • Christina

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. would be pretty happy to walk around in today’s America. I think he would be proud that our president was African American, and he’d also be pleased that everyone, regardless of their racial background, has, more or less, equal rights. However, I think that he wouldn’t be happy to see that their is still racism and discrimination, though definitely not even half as bad as before. Overall, though, I think that MLK Jr. would be happy to see his impact on the world.

    • aviv samet

      so true

  • Zihao Fang

    How long did Jr.Martin Luther King live.

  • lindsay

    I think that MLK would be very impressed with the progress that we have made as a society. There is no longer laws or rules discriminating again races. Today discrimination is seen as a bad and unfair.

  • Stan

    I think that MLKJ would be proud of what our nation has become and what he accomplished. His death caused a movement in the entire south, making people realize what they had been doing the whole time. He did a great favor to his entire country.

  • Teagan Felt

    If Martin Luther King Jr. walked into our community I think he would be more than satifisfied, I think he would be proud. Our schools are full of different races, everyone is friends. I think he would also be proud that we have a first black president.

  • Ezra

    MLK would be proud that he made a big difference today. There is almost no segregation at all (I haven’t seen any and I hope I won’t). Although I hear a lot of rude words to describe different races. Sometimes not used against the race. I find this part very disturbing to me. Even people of that race use a word that cruelly describes their race. But I believe that MLK would see a tremendous difference from what was at his time.

  • Ellie

    If MLK came to my neighborhood I think he would be happy. There is significantly less racism, but it is not completely gone. He would be proud off the changes that he helped make and have survived to today. Although, there is still discrimination against skin color, religion and sexuality and i think think he would be dissatisfied with that, Overall the world has improved immensely and I think he would be satisfied with how far we have come.

  • Regan

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. would be very happy because everyone is being nice to African Americans and other people who are different races. There is no separation with blacks and whites. Everyone is treated equally.

  • Ashlyn Callan

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. would be satisfied. There are lots of different races at all schools and black people and white people are friends. Even though it still happens, racism is frowned upon. Our world now has been changed so much, and achieved almost all of what he was trying to achieve, and I think that would make him happy.

  • Vivian

    I think that MLK would be very happy with our neighborhood. There is way less racism, there are no segregated jobs, all public areas are open to every race (restaurants, bathrooms, schools) He would be very pleased with what he helped accomplish. Even though some people are still discriminated by their religion, and sexuality it is significantly less than before.

  • Jasper Wu

    Martin Luther King was proud that he changed the world until his death. I think he was proud that people helped lead his way. He is also disappointed in another way that people were thinking of races.

  • Madi

    If Martin Luther King Jr. walked into my neighborhood I think he would be more then satisfied. He has made such a big difference in the way people treat others of a different race. Schools are now filled with different races and everyone is friends.

  • Kiran

    I think that Dr. Martin Luther King would not be as pleased as he should be for his sacrifices. It is true that there are many changes with race and outright segregation, but deep down, in between the races, there is still some prejudice and stereotypical thought. Also, in the country, when you look at races in poverty, it is mainly blacks and latinos. Also, the rates of people in prison are mostly black and latino. This is not the America Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed in his famous speech. I think we need to change this by first just being able to trust and respect everybody doubtless of race, ethnicity, social status, and other defining factors.

  • Daniel-Pablo

    In my community, we don’t have a Martin Luther King Jr. street. However, I think he would be proud of the worlds improvement in acceptance of race. he wouldn’t be proud of the way other topics are being handled. Like discrimination towards women and prejudice about sexual orientation.

  • Galileo

    our neighborhood

  • Patrick

    In my community I think he would walk through and think to himself wow this is a very non segregated community were blacks whites and all other races live in peace and prosper together. To sum this all up I think he would be proud of what we have done.

    • Ryan E

      Yes

  • Ryan E

    In my community I feel like it is safe for people of all race. There is so much diversity from the near by university, and I think he would be proud of the way that People are treated. There is not that much preducijce, which I think he would be proud of.

  • Lucas

    Martin Luther King would be satisfied that all public discrimination and most private discrimination is reduced towards blacks, and that we even have a black president, but he wouldn’t be satisfied that women and gay people are still being discriminated, especially in schools. Anyway, there is still a lot of racism going around but I am very happy that it has been cut down.

  • Kamala

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. would be satisfies with our community, because in school and all around town, people of different races hand out together. Unlike before, racism is not common in out community, and is not allowed at school. The way that he thought has changed the world so much, and it has made it a much better and safer place.

  • Leela

    In our community I think MLK Jr. would be proud of what has changed. He would be thrilled to know that our president is black, and that children of all races are friends without considering the color of their skin. No public facilities are limited to certain races, and opportunities are open for everyone.

  • Asia Gardias

    I think that if Martin Luther King walked through my community he would be proud. Mostly everyone has equal rights. All sorts of races and cultures are mixed together. My community is very safe for all people to express their thoughts and emotions an mostly will be accepted. Where I live people do not really talk about the different races in our schools because it feel natural, a part of life.

    However, even though my community is safe and welcoming, Martin Luther King would not be proud of the who world. Still in many places, people are discriminated. Many people still are not able to be the same. I think that it is wrong and that we should work on fixing that.

    Finally, even though there are still places and people that still discriminate, I think Martin Luther King would have been proud because he has changed our world so much and effected the opinion of many people.

  • Charlotte

    I think that Martin Luther King Jr. would in fact be proud of our community. Although I don’t think we have a MLK street, he would be pleased at our multi-cultured community has become. I do think that our community is a sheltered one, so I don’t think that it is likely that everyother city/town is as integrated as one like ours.

  • soumya

    Martin Luther King JR. sacrificed his life for the betterment of the people. He fought against discrimination, no matter what the cause. Today, we think that we have achieved so much since his death. Perhaps we have achieved something, but we have not achieved enough. There is still discrimination against anyone who is different. We discriminate against people with different religions, different clothes, different skin colors, or different backgrounds. Even though people are not treated with the level of hatred that they were in King’s time, there are still snide remarks made about people, racist jokes, and unfair treatment. People call each other “racist” all the time, which is extremely rude. It is upsetting to see that people take being racist so lightly. I think King would be disappointed that we have not fulfilled his dream.

  • Alya Perez

    I think that if MLK walked into not just my neighborhood, but also the city of Palo Alto, he would be very happy. I saw this because Palo Alto is a very diverse environment and we have many different cultures and races. He would be more than satisfied.

  • Sofia

    If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were to come to the community I live in today, he would be proud and satisfied with the result of what he had lead. Schools are racially integrated, and everyone has a fair shot in work. There are still some people who are racist and/or sexist, but overall it has been majorly improved. We even have an black president for the first time, that just shows how far our country has developed.

  • Ujwal

    Martin Luther King Jr. might be happy here, in the Bay Area, because it is a melting pot, and has people from all over the world. However, in the rest of the United States, there is still racial prejudice. Even though there is no blatant segregation, it still exists. If you look around, many black people are poor and there is high crime rate in where African American people live. If we could make the rest of the United States like the Bay Area, in how it accepts people here, I think that Martin Luther King Jr. would finally feel happy about achieving his lifelong goal.

  • Justin

    MLK Jr. would partially approve of the environment that we have towards black people because we are treating them as equals, as his goal was to have every single race have equal rights. But, there are still stereotypes for different races, for example, people think Asians are supposed to have A+s, or some races are poor, etc. In conclusion, MLK Jr. would still have to try to stop all the stereotypes there are in the world.

  • Celline

    If Martin Luther King walked into our community today, I think he would be satisfied, because there is no segregation between different races. There are still stereotypical thoughts towards certain races, but it has improved a lot since MLK’s speech. All races can have the same jobs, shelter, and pretty much everything. I think he would also be proud that we elected our first African American president. Even though racism has improved, other characteristics of humans are being segregated, such as disability and sexuality. I think that we have to be accepting of our differences and not take it in a negative way.

  • Zach

    I think Martin Luther King Junior would be extremely proud of what my neighborhood and this nation has achieved as a whole. Not only are our schools interracial, but so are our social lives. In my community, everyone is accepted no matter your skin color, language, or religion. I also think that Dr. King would be disappointed with our judgement to others that have a different sexual orientation to ours.

  • Bridget

    If MLK could walk through Palo Alto, he would be pleased to see that there are no Jim Crow laws. Children have an equal chance to be educated. However, he would not be happy with the fact that our city is made up of mostly non-African American people, and the way blacks are being stereotyped. For example, you are probably more likely to be scared of an African American man walking down the street at night than a Caucasian man walking down the street at night. Also, he probably won’t be happy with the statistics- 54% of African Americans graduate from high school, and the average twelfth-grade African American reads at the same level as the average eighth-grade Caucasian student.

    source: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/tsr/too-important-to-fail/fact-sheet-outcomes-for-young-black-men/

  • Galileo

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. would be pleased with the community around our area but not all of the surrounding towns, the bay area, or the country. The bay area is mostly good because everyone lives together but there is still some racism going on.

  • Ethan N

    I personally think that MLK would dislike the current environment of racism in modern-day America. We are wary of African American men, with gang stereotypes replacing stereotypes from the 50′s. Even groups of Hispanic and African Americans think that they are ‘ghetto’. ‘Ghetto’ in this case is used to mean gang-style cool. These people are basically confirming these stereotypes and saying, “We know that’s what you think of us. So we’ll be that way.” This is only a small percentage, but it’s still disturbing.

  • Meera Bharat

    I think that Martin Luther King would be satisfied. If you look at the schools now vs. the schools 50 years ago, you see that there is definitely a big difference. Most schools in this area are filled with all kinds of people, and black people are now more welcomed by others. However, there is still some unfairness, and put down of not just black people, but other races as well. This inequality is what we need to fix, because this is what MLK wanted, to have complete equality in America.

  • Mallory

    MLK Jr. would most likely not be disappointed in Palo Alto because we have no segregation and very few racial differences. Some may say that he would be disappointed because not all of his commands were met, although the big picture was segregation. I think he believes that if we no longer have segregation many of the other issues he didn’t want will eventually fix themselves.

  • Bradley

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. would be very pleased with the community around our area but not all of the other towns like the bay area. The bay area has gotten a lot better then its old former self, but there still is some racism.

  • Zharit

    I think that if Martin Luther King showed up in our community he would satisfied. Why because compared to the 50′s people have changed. Now we can be in the same place without any discussion and racism. There is no more segregation and that was one of the thinks he disliked.

  • carlos

    if martin Luther king came into our world wright now he would be very happy on what an influence he has on people lives and how the world changed as much as it did. are school are not suffragette and they give the same amount of learning and care in everyone. i thing martin Luther king would not be happy bc in someplace still have recesses part in the world

  • whit

    I think that MLK would be somewhat happy.He would be happy about how society has been integrated together(Different races).But he would be disappointed about how African Americans and Latinos are portrayed as gang-like characters with very bad stereotypes.Other than that he would be proud.

  • Alyssa

    If mlk walked through our negihood id think that he wouldnt be sad but he wouldnt be extremly happy. Just happy to see that we are doing a good job with the whole treating people fairly in all.

  • David

    If MLK would walk through Palo Alto, I think that he would be pleased with what he saw. One reason that he would be pleased would be that African Americans are now part of the community and can do what every they want.

  • Sam Miller

    If Martin Luther King took a visit to Palo Alto, he would be very proud. He had a dream, and it came alive. There are no more Jim Crow laws, and all races stand together as friends. African, Asian, White, Latino, European, South American, and so on. All of us work together in my school and town. Although, there are many racial stereotypes people use at Jordan, but not in a mean way. MLK would be very proud of what America has become.

  • Jordan parker

    yes because a lot of us kids are getting educated and have a really good chance of going to college and have a nice job. Also a lot of the adults nice there educated and are not racist

  • Evan B.

    If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walked through our community today, I think that he would appreciate that we have made progress, but he would not necessarily be happy. There is still some partial separation of certain races, but it is not forced. I think that he would really like how our schools and other public areas contain mixed races, something that we take for granted now. He would definitely be very happy that we have a black president. Overall, he would love to see all of the progress that we have made, but would still spot some flaws.

  • jy

    If Martin Luther King were to take a walk through Palo Alto, it’s hard to say if he would be satisfied or not. On the good side, discrimination is not commonly found just roaming around Palo Alto. Nobody is a pure racist like back in his day. All races have equal opportunity for occupations, positions, et cetera. However, on the bad side, he would notice that stereotypes of different races and religious groups are almost regular. Some of these stereotypes can’t be fixed though, as long histories of these things happening have been established.

  • naomi

    I think MLK would be proud of our community because we have all different kinds of schools with different races. He would be happy and proud that we have a first black president. He would be satisfied that all the kids have a good education and that most people are getting treated fairly.

  • Shabaz

    I do not think that Martin Luther King would not be satisfied with the results in the current days. Even though racial hatred is mostly gone, the stereotypes have picked up. He would be very sad if he heard a racist joke and heard how modern society stereotypes how Asians are smart, blondes are dumb, and African Americans and Mexicans are poor.

  • Allison

    If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Palo Alto, he would be happy to see that no one gets bullied or excluded from activities and places just because of their race, and that African Americans (and other people who aren’t Caucasian) aren’t being treated in an inferior way. However, in other parts of the country, people still have rude stereotypes about certain types of people, especially African Americans. Overall, I think he would be happy with the progress people have made since the march, but he would probably spot small things that need to be changed in some parts of the country.

  • Dylan Wilde

    I think if MLK would walk in our community he would be satisfied. Lots of the schools in California are not racist and allow anybody to join. From black, white, disabled, and other kinds of people. So I think he would be satisfied about what he did.

  • Paloma

    I think that if Martin Luther King came to the Bay Area, he would be sort of pleased because he sees that people accept each other and everyone has the same chances, more or less. He wouldn’t be pleased with the fact that people embrace stereotypes very openly and talk about how they, or another are African American. People say things, like if you get good grades, that it is because you are Asian, or something along those lines. He would agree that we have made significant progress from when he was alive, but if he was trying to make everyone accept everyone else, despite race, he would say we have a long way to go.

  • Rebecca

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. would approve of Jordan if he walked through the hallways of our school. All the different races and nationalities are mixed together. No one is being left out or discriminated because of their skin color or physical appearance. Not only is there no more slavery or cruelty shown to the African Americans, but no other race is being treated poorly. MLK would see what he legacy has created. All the people ” Sharing all the World” as John Lenon has said in his song “Imagine”. He would be so pleased to see all different skin colors and religions, all together and living in peace. Martin Luther King Jr. would truly be proud.

  • Patrick M

    If Martin Luther king walked through my community today, I think he would be happy with some things but dissatisfied with others. One thing I think he would be happy with would be, of course, that segregation is gone. Another thing which he would be dissatisfied with would be the fact that there’s so much trash everywhere in schools and in the streets. It makes everything look a lot worse than if it were clean.

  • Eric

    The moment MLK enters Palo Alto, he sees that this is a great community with a variety of people with no segregations and stuff. All the people are equally educated and the songs that black people make are accepted and liked such as 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa. At schools, different raced people play with different raced people. I think MLK would be very proud of his achievements.

  • Javid

    If MLK came to our school and town he would be very happy in my opinion. Bu I am not sure if I can say that for other places.

  • Robert Vetter

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. would like Palo Alto because in places for housing, there used to be laws where you couldn’t sell to anyone who wasn’t white, but that has been taken off. Also the first black president is in his second term in office.

  • Ryan

    I think if MLK was in Palo Alto he would be happy because there is vary little to no segregation on the streets. But if went into public schools he would be angry about the percentage of African Americans that graduate and that there is bullying towards different races. but i think over all he would be prod of what he accomplished and try to do even more

  • Emily

    If Martin Luther King Jr was to walk down the streets of Palo Alto he would be extremely proud about himself and other people. I think this because, if he were walking down the street he could look into any store and see different raced people working together getting the same bill and doing the exact same work. Or if he were to walk into a school where kids of all different races were sitting next to each other sharing and talking with one another he would feel so great to know that everyone looked at others as people even if they had different colored skin.

  • Mele Kailahi

    If Martin Luther King walked through Palo Alto, he would be very glad to see there are no Jim Crow laws and not as much racism as his childhood. He would be very pleased to see colored kids attending the same school as white kids, colored people working in Walmart with white folks who are very close to each other, and to see Obama as the President. He would also be very happy to see Kobe Bryant (one of the greatest basketball stars and still is) playing in the NBA with Steve Nash on the same team. One thing that Martin wouldn’t be so happy with is that there is still some racism going on in other parts of the U.S. and the world. All in all, Martin would be very grateful to see the progress that we have made.

  • William c

    If martian Luther king would come to Palo Alto today he would see what he was wanting to happen. We have different races in our schools. We are not segregated in towns and if someone is racist they will be shunned.

  • Philippe

    I think there is still a long way to go before that the Palo Alto and the rest of the U.S. will racially be completely equal. Legally, blacks are equal to whites, but in practice schools usually either have a majority of Caucasians or African Americans and Latinos. One in six African Americans are in prison. The times have really changed since the 50′s but there is still a long way to go.

  • Umu

    I think if Martin Luther King JR would walk through our community today, he would be staisfied. He would probably be proud too because the ways things are now are going so great. He would see all the people, different races, laughing and playing with each other. I don’t think their is anything to be dissatisfied with. Schools are not being racist and everything is going fine. So I think if he walked, his dream would come true!

  • etagu

    I think that if Martin Luther King came to our community I think that he would be happy with the way racism inst as a big as a deal as it was then. From elementary to middle school to high school I think that we have done a good job of mixing white and black together. Although there is still racism around and little things as being teased for he way you look and where your from everywhere, the things that happened back then to black people were a lot worse. There is still racism everywhere in the world and life is hard for black people and we still have to deal with some things that I wish we didn’t have to but that’s how it is. for now. I think that just having a black president means a lot and I think that there will be a lot of better things in the future so that the things we have to deal with will go away.

  • Samantha

    If MLK came to our community, I think he would be satisfied with our schools. There are no more laws about “separate but equal” and all the children whit and black integrated together. But, I don’t think he would satisfied with the statistics of black children being 2 and a half times more likely to be suspended, or 54% of African Americans graduate from high school, compared to more than three quarters of white and Asian students. I think what he really wanted was to have African American people to be able to have the same chance to succeed just like any other people in the country, but sadly, that has not quite come true yet. Once we are able to say that all races have the equal chance to succeed, I think he would be extremely proud.

  • Grace Rowell

    If Martin Luther King were to walk down all the streets and roads named after him, he would be surprised. Surprised, but also disappointed. Most of the time, MLK streets run through some of the most violent and trashed neighborhoods in a city. But in 2012, probably the most exciting thing that will ever occur on any MLK boulevard happened. A space shuttle went down the street, and many people took pictures. That was really popular. If Martin Luther King were to walk through Palo Alto, he would be proud of the progress we have made since his time. There is much more segregation, yet there is still much to work on. In 2007, more than 6.2 million young people dropped out of school. Also, 54% of African-American students graduate from high school, compared to three quarters of American and Asian students. In our community, there is still so much we need to work on.

  • Osa

    If Martin Luther King could walk through my neighborhood, I think he would be pleased at how it is running. I think he would be pleased at how all children, black or white, have an equal chance of going to school. I think he would be pleased at how everyone has an equal right to vote and how we all remember him.

  • brenda z

    If Martin Luther king trough your community today he will be satisfied because African American have jobs and there are free,and now all color of people have jobs ,and that all kids have Education and the things he will not be happy is that A lot of people are in jail.

  • Becca

    If Martin Luther King came to our communities and neighborhoods today, I think he would be pretty happy with how things turned out. There is not a lot of racism these days and it’s not socially acceptable to be racist. We’ve fixed a lot of the problems that there used to be, and African Americans have all of the same rights as Caucasians do.

  • Erick Espinoza

    It would usually depend on where Dr. Martin Luther King is, if he was in our time. If he was around our school, he might be more happier than he was before, but still feeling bad because all the people at our school, still use the word (I apologize for saying this, but it’s true) “nigger” as some kind of joke. I think that this is unfortunate, but I still think that this is better than it was around 50 years ago. I still strongly agree that Martin Luther King Jr. would feel a bit more disappointed than he had before. This is because the language of calling blacks the “n” word, has been transferred from mostly adults, to mostly children. This would probably make him feel worse, because the adults of the future, as we are called, are using language, that has a long history of cruel abuse. Statistics show, that although a lot black people have big important roles in society, African Americans, are more likely to go to jail, have less college and career options, and tend to almost never be in high positions, like working in the Government, than White people. Also, many of the demands of The march of Freedom, and Martin Luther King Jr’s speech have still not met the requirements that people, 50 years ago, gave to our national government.

    Yet all I have talked about is the bad parts. I think I should talk about the good parts now. In todays world, we do not punish African American people, because of their color, race, or anything else. Also, the minimum wage for someone who is African American, has slowly increased the past 50 years. And, what seemed impossible 50 years ago, we have our first black president, for a full two terms so far. So if Martin Luther King Jr. was here, I would think that he would still stand up for the rest of the rights, so he can finish what he started.

  • JayWolf

    I think my neighborhood is not available for evaluation considering the vast majority of my city and probably state is White and Polynesian and everyone treats each other well so it doesn’t really matter what color their skin is. But I think he would be ashamed of what he sees in some parts of the nation especially “Ghetto” area’s where it’s a safe assumption that if a person dresses like a gangster and walks like a gangster that he is a gangster I don’t think the problem is with the skin I think we understand that I think it’s the area’s and the attitudes of the people living there that make people fear “Blacks” in the city. In the country no one cares about skin color but there are less people in those areas. It’s no longer about skin pigment its about stereotypes that are reinforced by bad behaviors in bad area’s geographically.