What happened to King's dream?


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The above is from a headline in the Economist Magazine. I know where I was on the day of King’s Death, as I was working in Englewood Cliffs, at a publishing company, know as Prentice Hall, and we were near Englewood, and waiting for some disturbances, but King’s legacy was more than that night. As the Economist notes, King became a secular saint, part of what I call our Civic Religion that honors people like the founders, joined by King, and RFK, whose campaign I was a canvasser in West Virginia at the time of his death.

King’s work was indeed to create a multi-racial civil rights effort that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed segregated schools, and outlawed — supposedly — businesses from discriminating on the basis of race, sex, nationality, and, meanwhile, the Voting Rights Act of 1964, which had been an effort to enforce the 15th Amendment on voting. The results of King’s effort and later show that in 1964 in a state like Mississippi Black voters were just 7 percent of eligible voters in Mississippi in 1964.

Those efforts, however, grew to national proportions of 13 percent in 2012. That progress is feared now to be eroded be by this President’s moves on many issues, including his seemingly support of White Nationalists, his recent statements on Haiti and African nations and more on suppression of votes. The nation is expected to decline in its composition of Whites in coming years with steep rises for Asians, Hispanics, and Black Americans. Trump will not reverse King’s progress, but he is capable in waging a White Cultural War that will meet up with an increasingly diverse nation. This is in nobody’s interest,

Bill Weightman

Hardyston



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