In the fifty years since Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, DC, African Americans have made some great strides in education, political representation, and voter turnout. In other areas, it’s like nothing has changed.
Sadly, I hear white people occasionally voicing frustration over continued discussions of discrimination, opportunity, or racism in America. For them, “Get over it!” seems appropriate. For them, it was never an issue, so why is it still?
But the facts suggest there is much more work to do.
On this historic anniversary of Dr. King’s stunning speech, it’s worth us starting with an understanding of where we are, how far we have come (or not) and what is still to do.
The below ten charts do a good job illustrating the gap we need to close.