MLK Dreamed, White America Schemed

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Kevin Palmer

By Kevin Palmer

       Apparently, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of Black equality was White America’s nightmare. A September 18, 2017 Washington Post article, White people are really confident that things are getting better for Black people, written by Tracy Jan stated, “The average Black household made 60 percent of what White households made in 2016. For every $100 of wealth accumulated by a White family, a Black family has little more than $5 – a gap just as wide as it was 50 years ago according to federal statistics cited by Yale researchers.”

Moreover, Jennifer Richeson, a Yale psychology professor stated, “We need to stop deceiving ourselves. Wealth inequality based on race is baked into this country’s founding, and we cannot handle it.” Most delusional are wealthy Whites. [They] are especially motivated to perceive society as fair so they can justify their elevated status as merit-based rather than resulting from luck or discriminatory systems.”

In his last book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? , Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The majority of White Americans consider themselves sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class utopia, embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately, this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity. Overwhelmingly, America is still struggling with irresolution and contradictions…”

Therefore, Dr. King had a dream, White America had a scheme.

 

 

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