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What MLK Would See Today

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"[T]hey're finally hearing me. 'He's an angry black guy.' I do believe that about the president. I do believe he's angry. I think his wife is angry."

Dr. King would hear Limbaugh entertaining his radio listeners with a tune called "Barack The Magic Negro".

He would see the rampant xenophobia exposed by Arizona's draconian new immigration law, nicknamed the "Show Your Papers" law.

He would see even more rampant xenophobia at play in that same state with the recent prohibition of ethnic studies classes in Arizona schools.

He would see the rampant xenophobia exposed by the protests against a proposed Islamic Community Center in lower Manhattan.

And he would hear the right-wing ignorati refer to the president as "Barack HUSSEIN Obama", always with a strong emphasis on the Muslim-sounding middle name.

Every step forward for racial justice is to be commended, like the election of President Obama. But clearly we still have a lot of work to do before people will truly be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

And surely Dr. King would want us to keep fighting the good fight.

Someday, I believe, we shall overcome.

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