Has the Martin Luther King “Dream” Been Forgotten in Chicago?

By John W. Lillpop

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. must surely be rolling over in his grave with dismay at the behavior of some African-Americans with regard to the February 22, 2011 Mayoral election in Chicago.

As reported at the reference, some black members of the community are highly distressed over the fact that the race for mayor might be won by Rahm Emanuel or one of the other two non-African American candidates.

Danny Davis and Carol Moseley Braun, the two prominent African-American candidates, have even met to discuss strategies for assuring that the strongest African-American is left standing to do battle on election day.

That may mean that one of the two will withdraw from the
race and throw his or her support to the other.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson entered the fray by stating that
“ There must eventually be just a single black candidate who
appeals to voters of all races if there is to be any hope of
electing a black mayor.”

The Reverend Jackson also admonished former President Bill
Clinton to call off his plans to campaign for Emanuel next
month, a request also voiced by Candidate Davis.

Which makes one wonder if Martin Luther King’s “Dream
Speech” from August 28, 1963 resonates at all in the Windy

The applicable quote from that speech is:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Have you forgotten, Chicago?