Giving her keynote address at Boston’s MLK breakfast yesterday, Melissa Harris-Perry compared today’s politics to 1967, the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. released his last book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”
“It was a period of backlash,” she said. “We were being told it was all moving too fast.”
The Princeton professor and MSNBC commentator was careful in drawing parallels between MLK and President Obama.
“It is easy to behave as if Martin King was beloved in a bipartisan manner across races and communities — but that is not the reality of Dr. King.”
Unlike Obama, King pressed from the outside, Harris-Perry said, before noting: “And yet there is something pressingly familiar about Dr. King’s question about where do we go from here, ‘Chaos or Community?’”