I caught snippets of the 50th anniversary of MLK's I Have a Dream Speech and sad to say I was underwhelmed by the featured speakers, particularly Eric Holder and Cory Booker. Why all that stridency? Granted the Trayvon Martin case is an issue in the black community, but I would think an occasion like this would largely be celebrated by the gains made over the last 50 years, notably John Lewis being a ranking Democratic member of Congress, which was virtually inconceivable when King delivered his powerful speech.
In many ways the dream has been fulfilled, but we have yet to move into a post-racial society, which some pundits opined with the election of Obama in 2008. The Trayvon Martin case notes the shortfalls in our purportedly "color-blind society," which Reagan tried to invoke in 1986. Even with the highly toxic decision of the Supreme Court to gut the Voting Rights Act, there are still federal laws in place to challenge state attempts to restrict voting by requiring picture IDs and by shortening the window of early voting.
What worried me the most is that this largely Democratic rally in Washington saw no aspiring Democratic leader seize the moment to launch a bid for 2016, especially with so many people on hand for the occasion. Once again it is left to Obama to encapsulate the moment.