S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) has offered up an interesting quote about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – whose famous “Dream” speech celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this week.
During an appearance on PBS Newshour with Gwen Ifill, the son of 1960s-era civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers said King’s dream isn’t so much about race anymore.
Wait … what?
“For me, it’s no longer black and white,” Sellers said. “The issue of my father’s generation are still very much prevalent today, but it’s not as much black and white, as it is the haves vs. have-nots, and ensuring that everybody, no matter their race, creed or color or socioeconomic level or where they grow up, in the state of South Carolina or the United States of America, has access and the ability to attain the American dream.”
There you go … equality of opportunity for all people. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves …
Unfortunately, Sellers willingness to play the “anti-race card” stands in stark contrast to the attitude of most black leaders, who have done nothing but lead all of us on an increasingly expensive, increasingly unproductive “March To Nowhere.”
Also, imagine for a second what would happen if a white elected official said King’s speech was “no longer about black and white.”