John McWhorter has an intriguing article in The Wall Street Journal today. It is coming to us on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Mr. McWhorter is a professor at Columbia University and writes a column for Time magazine. He is a linguist.
If you are not sure what that’s all about, please check out his TED lecture from earlier this year. Or even better, see yesterday’s post on Miley Cyrus at the New Republic. John McWhorter can change the way you think.
His article in The Wall Street Journal discusses how we should honor Dr. King’s dream. As background, he shows how “The Dream” has been co-opted by our culture to place Americans with dark skin tone in a position of eternal indignation; where they think of themselves as “underdogs with a bone to pick.”
Mr. McWhorter is showing us what a “conversation on race” looks like.
In contrast, we will not see that point of view reflected in today’s speeches. Instead, we will see classic objectification and further evidence of African Americans being held in the Democratic Party’s Droit du Seigneur.