Across the United States the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington" and Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech have been recently observed. King hoped to see a generation of black Americans who would "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Ironically, and perhaps contrary to his desire, for the past 40-odd years our nation has indulged a system called "Affirmative Action" which demands a person be evaluated (judged) only by the color of his skin and nothing else. We have since added "Equal Opportunity" to the mix so now we have affirmative action based on gender as well as race.
As we celebrate King's vision of a better world, the dreams, hopes and aspirations of white male Americans, for my two sons, my three grandsons, and my 10 great grandsons are substantially over, or at least greatly inhibited, or very likely seriously imperiled. I naively allowed my own career to be halted early, and abruptly, by Jackson County Schools and WCU because of my lack of appreciation of changes in the work force coupled with my inability to recognize, and break through, the nylon ceiling.
For 50 years we've been mesmerized by King's words and now we're equally enthralled with more euphemistic drivel of liberal origin such as "diversity," "social justice," and (my favorite), "multiculturalism." In 50 years of social engineering, of strengthening the weak by weakening the strong, all we've really accomplished is to trade one model of discrimination for another.
A French philosophical writer, Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu (1689-1755) stated, "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." Would that our leaders could even begin to grasp such a passionate and straightforward warning, much less heed it.
David L. Snell — Dillsboro, N.C.