In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, students from the Disney Dreamer's Academy sound off on what race means to them today.
Thomas Pope, Aiken, SC, 17
On Race: “Race shouldn’t play a major part in meeting someone, getting to know someone, liking someone or disliking someone.”On Diversity in School Friendships: “You see the occasional African American guy talking to a Caucasian girl or guy. In the lunchroom, Caucasians are in the middle, African Americans are on the side. When you get outside,everything kind of blends together. We are doing OK, but we are not past all of 'it.'"On the Realization of Dr. King’s Dream (Yay or Nay): “Somewhat. It has come true seeing how different people can come together…like seeing how the Disney Dreamers are interacting. I still think we are a bit off his dream. Until we can get rid of racism, prejudices and the hate, I do not feel as if Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream has completely come true.”His Dream: “I want to become an engineer, either civil or mechanical. Later, I would like to get into politics; and I would like to get into the South Carolina House of Representatives...and I don't want to just stop there, next is the U.S. House of Representatives, then hopefully the Senate.”Why Dream? “Dreams are important because without them, you won’t know what you want to do in life. You need a dream just to start you off; even if you deviate from that dream a little bit or a lot. Dreams are very important, because without them we’d be lost.”