How Real Progressives Talk about "The Dream"

Yesterday on PBS Lehrer Newshour, Judy Woodruff interviewed four prominent African-Americans concerning the legacy of Martin Luther King.   Here's the link to that transcript: sues/jan-june08/king_04-04.html

What I found interesting is that when these people spoke, I found myself nodding my head and saying "Yes.  Yes.   THIS is what we seek in a President."  Not the faux progressive being shoved down our throats in this primary.  The contrast between what they had to say and what we have heard from Mr. Obama was striking.  In particular Cory Booker and John McWhorter expressed  very articulately the view that it is actions, not words, which define the true legacy of Martin Luther King.

Below the fold, extended quotes.  No comments from me, as these two people are eloquent far beyond my capabilities.  

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Vouchers and the "New" Black Leadership

Tom Grayman is a pollster, publisher of The Intelligence Squad website, and author of the book Ghosts of Florida: Making Elections Fair for Blacks.

An article in yesterday's New York Times tells of how school vouchers are a hot-button issue in the Newark, NJ mayoral race. Cory Booker, part of so-called "new" wave of black leadership is for them, while his chief opponent, Deputy Mayor and "old guard" candidate Ronald Rice, is against them.

Vouchers may be the policy issue generating the greatest schism within the black community today. Polls show something like 60% of blacks support private school vouchers in theory, though that support drops to a minority when respondents are forced to consider the ramifications (typically a decrease in public school funding)of a private school voucher program. Blacks living in districts in which the public schools underperform see such vouchers as a chance at an escape for their children. Others, particularly those without school-age children see them as an attack on public schools.

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Sharpe James is Out

Via Bluejersey we learn that Sharpe James will not run for reelection mayor of Newark.  This leaves the field mostly clear for Cory Booker, who nearly beat him in 2002.  Mostly.  Sharpe James hates Cory Booker with a passion, and he's extremely good at Newark politics.

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