Obama's Inauguration Ain't the End of the Struggle
Between SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inauguration, it is, indeed, possible to do so when such statements equate ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inauguration with the end of the struggle for civil rights.
It was at SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 KingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“dream,Ã¢â‚¬Â Bono said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“On Tuesday, that dream comes to pass.Ã¢â‚¬Â Most of the crowd cheered. I cringed.
Sunday morning at BusboyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and Poets on a GRITtv panel, I heard one of the speakers say something like: Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is what we all struggled for. This moment validates our work for so long.Ã¢â‚¬Â While the people honored on this wall were certainly Ã¢â‚¬Å“shouting in heaven,Ã¢â‚¬Â I doubt they thought their work complete.