Why Do White and Black Males Have Different Dreams?

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By Dr. Dwayne L. Buckingham | RealHorizonsDLB.com

If you desire to understand what motivates a person to behave in a certain manner, simply listen to him or her talk about his or her dream (s). A dream is a state of mind characterized by abstract thinking and release from reality.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most prominent dreamers who lived during the 20th Century. His dream was rooted in the American dream and on August 28, 1963 Dr. King shared his dream with the world. He dreamed that, “One day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.”

As reflected in Dr. King’s speech, dreams represent the things that we long for and desire in life. Simply stated, dreams are fantastic, but vain hopes and cherished desires that we have. We dream to fulfill a void in our lives. Dr. King dreamed about equality and justice for himself and others because these basic civil rights were not part of the lived experience of Blacks during his lifetime.

Although 51 years have passed since Dr. King shared his dream, some things have changed and some things have not.  The struggle for Blacks in America continues and Dr. King’s dream is just as significant today as it was in 1963.

Here are ten dreams that white and black males have in the 21st century that continues to illustrate that all men are not treated equal.


1. White males dream about defending this great country. In contrast, Black males dream about defending themselves and their loved ones.

2. White males dream about American equality. In contrast, Black males dream about Black equality.

3. White males dream about passing on their father’s legacy. In contrast, Black males dream about having a father.

4. White males dream about being rich. In contrast, Black males dream about not being poor.

5. White males dream about owning a big house with a pool and deck on the outside. In contrast, Black males dream about owning any size house with heat and electricity on the inside.

6. White males dream about being CEOs and presidents of companies. In contrast, Black males dream about being hired to work in any position within companies.

7. White males dream about owning a professional sports team. In contrast, Black males dream about playing on a professional sports team.

8. White males dream about going to college. In contrast, Black males dream about not going to jail.

9. White males dream about a world free of terrorism. In contrast, Black males dream about a world free of racism.

10. White males dream about living a prosperous and good life. In contrast, Black males dream about living period.

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