In today's Berkeley Daily Planet, I ask: Has Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream come true?
In part. “An entire generation will grow up taking for granted that the highest office in the land is filled by an African American. It changes how black children look at themselves. It also changes how white children look at black children,” Obama told the Washington Post.
At the same time, let’s recall that Dr. King dreamed many dreams, not just one of racial equality. The U.S. government tends to portray a sanitized version of the preacher, devoid of his passionate advocacy for nonviolence, peace, and economic justice.
On April 4, 1967, exactly one year prior to his assassination, Dr. King delivered a revolutionary anti-war sermon. Dr. King condemned the U.S. government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today ... a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
(more on the flip)