Guest Editorial on MLK Day 2012 from Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College
(GREENSBORO - January 16, 2012 ) - There have been significant changes since Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, and the signs don’t say 'white' or 'colored' any more. The signs don’t have to say it; in some instances, outcomes do. In other words, there are no signs on dollars that say 'white' or 'colored', but African American people have pennies to the dollars of wealth that whites hold.
There are no signs that say 'white' or 'colored' on executive employment, but you can count the African American CEOs in Fortune 500 companies on one, or on a good day, maybe two hands. The signs don’t say 'segregation', but too many still experience it, and while few in polite company use racist expletives to describe people of African descent in this country, when a talk show host and a Congressman have the utter temerity to describe the First Lady’s body in disparaging terms, it takes me back two centuries ... to echoes of the Hottentot Venus, Sarah Bartjee.
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