Dream a Little Dream Redux

by matttbastard

A dream fulfilled? Perhaps that’s just a bit presumptuous, as Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Callahan observes, noting that today, as in Dr. King’s era, “black people [in America] have statistically twice the bad and half of the good things in life.” Tony Campbell chimes in with an additional note of caution, reminding us that “the inauguration of an African-American male is a good first step towards Dr. King’s goal; but it is NOT the dream itself” and advises that we not conflate Obama with Dr. King because the President-elect “is a politician and Dr. King never wanted to be one.”

The politician and the activist

But the sentiment expressed by USian people of colour in that CNN/Opinion Research poll is indicative of the heady optimism surrounding the impending inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama II, soon to be the 44th president of the United States of America. And I believe that if Dr. King had lived (oh, if he had lived) to witness this moment, he too would have been bawlin’ like a baby alongside Jesse Jackson on that fateful night in Grant Park; that he would have celebrated his 80th birthday by doing what he dedicated his life to (and made the ultimate sacrifice for): serving his community.

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So, on Wednesday, we can start preparing ourselves for the disappointment that, for a number of reasons, the chattering class has declared to be all-but-inevitable (and that some plan to intentionally cultivate and further by any means necessary). But today? Today is a day of remembrance, tomorrow, of celebration– for both the (likely fleeting) realization of American history’s long-delayed promise and the triumph of possibility redefined to perhaps boundless margins.

Yes, you damn right we did (and, even though we’re starting to drown the public commons with ridiculously overwrought superlatives, I still think it feels like the fucking end of Star Wars).

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2 thoughts on “Dream a Little Dream Redux

  1. During the first gulf war, as it is commonly known, and the accompanying media saturation of newsies holding microphones out hotel windows in Baghdad, the University of BC decided to broadcast the speeches of MLK in place of war coverage every hour on the hour.
    It was a very powerful antidote to the madness of the time. I remember this with gratitude every MLK Day.

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  2. I felt part of that worldwide euphoric night when Obama was elected. Wtaching all those beautiful faces and seeing people dance in the streets was a celebration of hope.
    Since his appointments of his cabinet, I have moved back to a more sober everyday reality.
    This flower child of the 60s is now a raging granny and finds herself having to write more and more letters protesting things.
    The organic movement is very upset about the agricultural choice.
    The choice of Rick Warren was a total disappointment.
    So, this inauguration, I will watch on TV but I will be sober. Quite sober.
    One thing I have appreciated about Obama is his throwing back to the people, their responsibility. The grass roots meetings and networking has seemed quite excellent. Participatory democracy is happening.
    Our Canadian politicians are more or less trying to copy this old time town hall approach.

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