"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country." These were the words that Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans, used to mark the celebration of Martin Luther King Day.
He continued, "Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves."
Meanwhile, George "Racially Sensitive Pinhead" Bush said during a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. "The reason to honor Martin Luther King is to remember his strength of character and his leadership, but also to remember the remaining work."
According to an AP poll, three-fourths of the people in this country say there has been significant progress toward equality, but only 66 percent of blacks felt that way. Just under a fourth of the population said they planned to commemorate King's birthday on Monday. A solid majority of blacks, 60 percent, said they would be involved.
Atlanta's mayor Shirley Franklin suggested "bold, audacious action" to keep King's dream alive: "Employ a homeless man or woman," she said. "Sponsor a homeless family. Give a convicted felon who has served his time another chance."
The words of Dr. King, August 28, 1963: I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal."
While we continue to install democracy around the globe like it was an appliance, let's take a look at our own version.