Today President Barack Obama becomes the first half-white President to complete a first term and the first half-white president to be inaugurated into a second.
Presidential inaugurations typically fall on January 20, but as that date this year fell on a Sunday, it was decided that Obama’s second coronation would occur Monday, on the federal holiday of Martin Luther King Day.
There is still much argument between left and right as to whether King was a socialist or a conservative, each side supporting their case using quotes the authenticity of which is usually highly suspect. (For what it’s worth, Alveda King, the civil-rights leader’s niece, says he was a conservative, but I’m more inclined to believe the liberals on this matter).
And no doubt many liberals find it to be not simply fitting but poetic that Inauguration No. 2 of Obama, whom most in the black community look up to as their leader and, dare I say, their master, falls on a day that celebrates the most famous and effective black leader in American history.
But whether King was a socialist or a conservative, there is at least one area in which he sided with the right. As he boomed over one of the National Mall’s largest, if not the largest, crowds in history, “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.”
The judgment of character over color advocated by King is now frowned upon and all but impossible thanks to Democrats’ affirmative action laws. Above all other considerations, that of a job applicant’s skin color receives top priority. Had Dr. King said, “I have a dream that my four little children…will not be judged by the content of their character but by the color of their skin,” then Democrats would be adhering to that vision beautifully.
King may have been a socialist just as Obama is, but given King’s legacy as a reformer of race relations in this country, and Obama’s history as a student of black liberation theology and a 20-year follower of the rabidly anti-white Rev. Jeremiah Wright, there is no poetry to be found in the coinciding of Martin Luther King Day with Obama’s unfortunate second inauguration; only a wellspring of irony.