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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream Speech” But one hundred years later, the Negro is still not free; one hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacle of segregation and the chains of discrimination; one hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity; one hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land.  I am a black male growing up in a society of uncertainty, continued discrimination and racial injustice. Decades later, racial injustice continues to be a dark cloud that hovers over the lives of all blacks, Bernstein, Jared. “What racial injustice looks like in America’s economy Washington July 11, 2006, black unemployment; white unemployment: black unemployment is significantly higher than white unemployment regardless of educational attainment; black pay, white pay: these racial disparities show up in pay, of course, as the work of economist Valerie Wilson shows that in periods where labor markets really tightened up, this pumped-up reaction function I just noted is highly operative: “in all periods when median household income for African Americans increased more than for whites (1982-1990, 1991-2001, and 1995-2000),  African American household also experienced a greater increase in hours worked than did white households, especially if the households had lower income; and racial wealth disparities: an analyses of racial wealth disparity, Richard Rothstein’s example is one of the deepest and most incisive dives into the origins of the black-white wealth gap. Richard Rothstein’s historical analysis of the the public policy roots of historical segregation, the impact effects of today.The society of uncertainty, my uncertainty.  The many high profile cases black men killed at the hands of white police officers. Although all the cases are unsettling, the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old named Mike Brown and the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Given that I fall in this age range, it makes me pause and say, “this could have been me”. Police officer take an oath to protect and serve all people despite their racial group. Harriot, Michael. White Men Can’t Murder: Why White Cops are Immune to the Law The Root June 22, 2017. White People are Biased: even when a cop is charged with a crime, juries and judges rarely convict them. Since 2015, no judge has convicted a police officer in a bench trial (a trial without a jury), and only 15 of the 82 cases since 2005 have resulted in a conviction by a jury. It’s probably because white people find black men scary, so they are more likely to believe the “feared-for-my-life defense”.  A 2017 study published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reported white people perceived black men as more muscular, heavier, taller, stronger and more dangerous than white men the same size and stature. The white man’s preconceived notion of the black male makes me mindful of my affiliation with people and my environment. It is one of the  reasons why my mother reminds me to be respectful and responsible when I hang out with my friends. She always says, perception is not always reality. The chains of discrimination still exist. Black and white people will never see the world through the same lense. Struyk, Ryan. Blacks and Whites see racism in the United States very, very differently CNN Politics August 18, 2017. The bottom line is that non-whites tend to see racial discrimination a lot more than whites do. An overwhelming 87% of black Americans say black people face a lot of discrimination in the United States, but only 49% white Americans say the same thing, according to a February poll from the Public Religion Research Institute. It is my opinion that discrimination can be done without awareness, however I am not oblivious to people’s hidden ignorance. I have experienced discrimination. There was a time that a white student thought it was normal to refer to me as a nigga until I told him it was inappropriate. Internally I got upset but externally I told him it isn’t cool to refer to a black person as a nigga. Another incident occurred in Middle School when my sixth grade teacher asked me to play a slave. The teachers request infuriated my mother. My mother explained to me, the term nigga, negro, boy and colored were words used during slavery. By no means are any of these words endearing.  I say to you today, my friends, so  even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” During the Barack administration, I too had a dream, that black people were represented and stood a chance to be equal. In 2018, we face the difficulties of having Donald Trump as the president of this country. He continues to make a mockery of the presidency. As a young black male I will continue to navigate this world of uncertainty,

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