What King Really Dreamed

January 15, 2006 | Boston Globe |

Senior Fellow Rich Benjamin discusses how assassins killed Martin Luther King Jr. as he began his most challenging campaign of all: the fight against inequality of capital and opportunity. Benjamin writes how racial segregation, while endemic to our history, is indeed un-American. Economic inequality is pretty much apple pie; it's taken less seriously by elected leaders, and it has grown more pronounced since King's assassination.

'We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered." King spoke these words at New York City's Riverside Church in 1967, a year to the day before he was assassinated.