Martin Luther King was a leader for all Americans on our own professed values.
There's a natural tendency to sanitize and polish any historical icon whether it be George Washington chopping down the cherry tree or Martin Luther King saying, "I have a dream."
Martin Luther King was never an up close and personal figure in the United States.
And to me, that's why the civil rights era is about the future, not about the past, because it's great lessons of how citizens can organize to call on the patriotic heritage of the country to tackle some of our most intractable problems and we need to do that again.
There are an awful lot of people who despise government precisely because it opened the door for common citizenship for people of all races and all natures in the United States.
Where race is involved, there is a pronounced and proven tendency in the United States for the majority culture to willfully misremember the history and turn it upside down.
The history of American patriotism is figuring out ways that we can work together to move forward and knit together the common government.
Truth requires a maximum effort to see through the eyes of strangers, foreigners, and enemies.
History is the key to citizenship.
I think the colleges should be free to give athletes less than a full scholarship, no scholarship and more than a scholarship. And the athletes should be free to bargain.
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