This question isn't just for African Americans, but for this entire nation. How far have we truly come in attaining equality for everyone? Sure, "colored" people have made great strides in the decades since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched the streets--must I mention who is in the White House? But, anyone who has read any of my numerous post regarding the shelving of books written by African American authors (you'll see, I didn't say "African American books") know that we still have a long way to go.
As forward-thinking as many would believe we are as a nation, I fear we haven't come as far as we'd like in terms of treating and accepting everyone. Same-sex couples are still fighting for the right to enter into marriage while other people are targeted and profiled simply because of their religion.
As an author of fiction, I feel a bit of pride in the fact that I give people an escape from all the heavy issues that continue to plague us as a nation. Hopefully, I can continue to do so long after we finally attain that promised land Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described so beautifully all those years ago.