I Don’t Have a Dream; I Have a Vision by Asianna Brown

We all are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, stating that he wishes for equality among all citizens in America, and that has partially come true with the ending of segregation and voting rights for African Americans. Like him, I too have wanted the best for everybody; however, instead of a dream, I have a vision of the future that I know will come true one day with the help of this generation and younger generations

We all have hopes and dreams, and we all aspire to make a change in the world. Sometimes change is extremely slow, while other times it seems to form out of nowhere with no warning that would allow us to set of feet and have a firm stance for ourselves. Since the beginning of time, inequality has affected many people’s lives, including my own. Sexism, racism, xenophobia, homomisia, religious discrimination and so forth have all had a negative impact on the human race in general. This is why I have a vision that nobody will be ashamed of who they are and who they want to be; I have a vision that no one will be stereotyped based on their skin color or religion; I have a dream that people won’t be assumed to be a thug, a terrorist, or have to meet a certain criteria to be referred to as authentic; I have a vision that our children won’t be scared to walk their own path in life and won’t be ridiculed for their passions; I have a vision that none of our future generations have to experience shame for being different or harassed for who they are, because the truth is, by being different we can diminish ignorance.

Ignorance may be bliss, but ignorance can also ignite pain and suffering that we can prevent. Being part of the younger generation, I have a vision for life beyond superficial findings, and it is a vision for the world. This can be done with the help of those who control our future: us, the younger generation. We have the power to change our future from that of the past, and we have the power to do it now, so why wait for more pain and suffering to affect us before we fight for change?I don’t have a dream, I have a vision.

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