By John W. Lillpop
Martin Luther King’s famous dream speech called for a color-blind society, one in which one’s character, not skin color, would be the basis for judging any individual.
Many decades later, America has elected an African-American president who has installed an African-American Attorney General as the chief enforcer of the law.
So, how are these African-American leaders doing with regard to Martin Luther King’s demand for color blind justice?
Two recent issues are illustrative, but not particularly reassuring to those who share Dr. King’s views.
For example: The funeral of Army Maj. General Harold Greene, a white man and the highest ranking American officer to be killed in the Afghan War, apparently did not warrant attendance by the Commander-in-Chief.
In contrast, the President has ordered three White House officials to attend the funeral of Michael Brown, the African-American youth slain in Ferguson.
Coincidence, or egregious racial profiling at the highest levels of government?
Then this: “Phony” scandals involving Benghazi, the IRS, and others have failed to inspire sustainable interest at the Department of Justice.
In contrast, the shooting death of Michael Brown has caused AG Eric Holder to launch an intense federal civil rights investigation and to become personally involved in the hunt for “justice,” against white police officer Darrel Wilson.
Whither the color-blind standard set by Dr. King?