United for a Fair Economy has released their annual "State of the Dream" report; you may find a summary of its contents here. You'll note the expected findings -- that black and Latino folk generally don't make as much as white folk (at least at the median income level) and that black and Latino folk don't hold nearly as much wealth as white folk, either. But I didn't expect (and I'm a little ashamed about this) that the right wing's most fervent recent crusades -- against unemployment insurance, public sector workers, and "entitlement" spending -- just happen to make matters worse for blacks and Latinos, as well. The far right will no doubt rail against any new charges of racism, but I don't think the relatively low rates of employment for blacks and Latinos in the private sector, for example, make the private sector look good. And, really, we don't want to pay public health inspectors like private sector janitors. Hell, we don't want to pay private sector janitors like private sector janitors.
Meanwhile, Bill Quigley at Counterpunch provides an even more expansive snapshot of how we've failed Dr. King's vision. Dr. King, of course, did not limit his dream to that of racial equality, but of defeating militarism and materialism as well, and the "liberal" media has by and large "forgotten" how much they despised him when he railed against the evils of corporatism. I feel compelled to add that redlining (the common practice of herding black folk into specific neighborhoods so they don't "bring down the property values" in others) hasn't just made targeting minorities with subprime loans like "shooting fish in a barrel." It's also given more blacks cancer and asthma, as they're forced to live near industrial plants the white folks don't have to live near.