It will be 50 years this April since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, and 55 years since his seminal "I Have a Dream" speech. King spoke out against racism, inequality and poverty. He dreamed of harmony among people of this diverse land.
We live a country where the man occupying the Oval Office has defended white nationalists as "very fine people" and wants to bar immigrants from Africa and Haiti, which he calls "s---hole counties." A country where Americans fear being shot and killed by police. A country where the divide between rich and poor has never seemed greater. A time where women and men are speaking out about being sexually abused, but other victims remain still remain silent out of fear. A country where there seems to be no harmony, no understanding and no rational conversation, just division and blame and distrust.
I wonder what Dr. King would make of our country today. And I wish there were a leader now, who like Dr. King 55 years ago, could inspire us to dream.
Kevin Necessary is the editorial cartoonist for WCPO. His opinion does not represent that of WCPO.