Obama's Inauguration Ain't the End of the Struggle
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Between Sundayâ€™s concert at the Lincoln Memorial and Monday being MLK Jr. Day, I became increasingly uncomfortable with the media and celebrity personalities drawing strong Lincoln-King-Obama parallels. While it is nearly impossible to overstate the significance of Obamaâ€™s inauguration, it is, indeed, possible to do so when such statements equate Obamaâ€™s inauguration with the end of the struggle for civil rights.
It was at Sundayâ€™s concert that it first hit me hard. Bono was doing his Bono thing, prancing around the stage, slow-motion pumping his fist and preparing to sing his song, Pride, about Martin Luther King Jr. Talking about Kingâ€™s â€œdream,â€ Bono said, â€œOn Tuesday, that dream comes to pass.â€ Most of the crowd cheered. I cringed.
Sunday morning at Busboyâ€™s and Poets on a GRITtv panel, I heard one of the speakers say something like: â€œThis is what we all struggled for. This moment validates our work for so long.â€ While the people honored on this wall were certainly â€œ shouting in heaven,â€ I doubt they thought their work complete.