The Five Steps of Achieving Racial Equality

发布于:2021-11-29 01:53:13

龙源期刊网 The Five Steps of Achieving Racial Equality 作者:Zhang Mingwei 来源:《校园英语· 中旬》2016 年第 06 期 I Also Have a Dream, one of Lin Da’s bestsellers, in some ways has some coincidence with Martin Luther King’s famous speech——I have a dream. It not only punningly indicates the gist of the book but also expresses Lin’s good wishes to racial equality. Looked from the macroscopic angle, this book states the racial problems in America by telling many historical events and presenting Lin’s points of view. Actually, it epitomizes a process of achieving racial equality throughout the book in which the introspection of humanity, the impetus of social revolution, the foundation of the general public, the amendment and improvement of law and whole social progress are five steps. It is this process that pushes America forward. First step is the introspection of humanity which is always mentioned in this book. All the thoughts and retrospection originate from The Declaration of Independence in which it says “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. People on the Mayflower reached the land in North America with the pursuit of freedom and equality and then this concept deeply rooted in each American’s mind. Americans know the importance of freedom and equality. Anyone does not have the right to deprive other people’s freedom and equality, even the blacks. Through Lin Da’s words, it is obvious that America is a strong nation which possesses introspective spirit that really plays an important role in American society. Lin Da acknowledges that “the dominant part of the national spirit has a strong function of auto-criticism and self-correction” (183). I always believe that only a nation envisages its shortcomings and faults can it gain introspection and make progress. When people were still in the colonial period, they were eager to form their own country to achieve the creed that all men are created equal; when they have established the United States, they opposed slavery; when they have finished the abolishment of slavery, they hoped to eliminate racial discrimination and abrogate racial separation. That is to say, their continuous introspection and the thinking of human nature became the foundation stone of social progress. Lin states that “the ‘majority rule’ we worship may become ty