34 Words, 41 Shots: A Defense of Affirmative Action

Top Story of Spring 2001:

A Talk by Dr. Robert Jensen

Delivered to a panel on racial disparity in health at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association, Boston, Massachusets, November 14, 2000; and for the “Speaking Truth to Power” Series at Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas, April 3, 2001

I want to start with the 34 most misused words about race ever spoken in the United States:

“I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Those are, of course, the famous words of Martin Luther King Jr., spoken in 1963 at the March on Washington. King used the term “dream”, but his topic was the nightmare of race and America, of life in a racialized and racist society.

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