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Still Dreaming 50 Years Later

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Half a century after Martin Luther King Jr's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, we're checking in with Texomans about how far they feel we have come on race relations.

"Equality as far as blacks and whites in the restroom, blacks and whites being able to use the same hotels and motels and things of that nature, in that aspect, we've come a long way. In that aspect, our country has really and truly grown," said Director of the Martin Luther King Center in Wichita Falls Larry Nash.

Nash said laws are in place to ensure equality for most people, and pointed to President Barack Obama as an example of how far we've come.

"But on the same token, you can also look at things like the Trayvon Martin trial and see how divided this country still is," said Nash. "So as long as you still have those feelings of division, there's still work to be done."

Texomans we spoke to were split on the subject, with many not wanting to talk on camera because of the controversial nature of the topic.

"After 50 years, really we should be further along than we are, and at times it seems like we're going backwards instead of forwards," said one woman who wanted to remain anonymous.

Another man we spoke to said, "I think we've come a long way, but I think there's still some things that we need to do as a society to get equality across the board."

Try this test from Harvard that is supposed to determine if you have an automatic preference for blacks or whites.

 

Christina Myers
cmyers@kauz.com