I'm writing in English, which is strange in itself since I really love my own language, Finnish, and since I detest the power position that the English language has in global communucation... but I'd get way too many complaints from American friends if I didn't write in a language comprehensible to them.

Jul 4, 2010

Happy American Independence Day!

In honor of Independence day: I Have a Dream


Those who might not know the history, on August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King helped organize a massive march on Washington, DC. In DC he gave this speech, considered by many to be the greatest show of American rhetoric ever (there are many other legendary speeches too). In comparison to Finnish politics, rhetorics has always held an important place here in the US. I mostly have a sceptic attitude towards great rhetorical talent, since it can be used for any cause... however, since racism and xenophobia are some of my pet peeves, I have made an exception for Martin Luther King. Here he urges people not to give up until actual equality is gained, and (in my ears) to work and live together in peace. King didn't want people to give in to hate despite all the injustice. However, soon after his assassination there were horrible and violent racial riots especially in California. Too much hatred and he was no longer there to convince people that peace was the solution.

The speech transcribed.