Cathy Free: Keeping 'the dream' alive in Salt Lake City

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  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    'African American's are again taking a back seat. Now the Dream is being given to Illegal Immigrants. It is time to turn the tide back to African American's. They were here first...' - danaslc | 8:03 a.m. Jan. 13, 2012

    While we should never ignore the challenges our black American brothers and sisters face, we must also acknowledge that America needs to do better for many, many minorities.

    But claiming they were 'here first?'

    I agree that decendants of slavery into America had no CHOICE in coming to this country.

    But the 'first' people in America...?

    Were Native Americans.

    My point, is that unless you are over 50% Native American we are ALL 'immigrants.'

    While immigration reform is needed, many of our grandparents and great-grandparents came to this country...

    from another country.

    For example, I, was born in Hawaii.

    We, didn't even need to go OVER to America.

    They, came to us.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    African American's are again taking a back seat. Now the Dream is being given to Illegal Immigrants. It is time to turn the tide back to African American's. They were here first and their ancestors did not come here freely they were forced here to become slaves. It used to be that most of the stories you would read when it came to race was the African American and their plight in major cites were crime and drugs were constantly being fought. Now the plight is the illegal immigrant. African American's for the last 10 years have now taken a back seat. This is truly sad. It is good to see an article at last about African American's. Keeping the Dream alive needs to be kept in the limelight for our African American citizens. I feel they have been forgotten in the push to allow other nations in.

  • ThinkingAboutIt Portage, MI
    Jan. 13, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    Dr. King was a great American hero. We should never forget the peaceful way he encouraged people to challenge deeply-entrenched hatred and fear. We managed a difficult transition without great turmoil and violence. Dr. King should be remembered and honored, and his words treasured.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    "Keeping 'the dream' alive in SLC." - Title

    **'Education is key to easing poverty' - Deseret News editorial - 08/23/09

    And yet:

    **'Utah Legislature: Lawmaker proposes ending affirmative action in higher education' - By Josh Smith - DSNews - 02/12/10

    "Rep. Curtis Oda, R-Clearfield, is proposing legislation that would forbid state agencies, contractors, universities and colleges from providing preference based on race or sex."


    **'Study: African Americans Paid Significantly Less Than Whites' - By Boyce Watkins, PhD - Aug 3rd 2010

    **'Study: Gay Men Offered Fewer Job Interviews' - By Winston Gieseke - The Advocate - 10/04/11

    "According to a study published today in the American Journal of Sociology, men whose resumes indicate that theyre gay are 40% less likely to be called in for job interviews, especially in the south or Midwest."

    People try to claim 'discrimination' in regards to affirmative action...

    all the while it is a provable fact that minorities typically make around 30% LESS THAN the income...

    of their caucasan counter parts.

    When confronted with the FACT of the income reduction of minorities...the rhetoric, falls short.

    Keep the dream, alive.