Yes, very droll, but there is an important point in the reference to the “I have a Dream speech”, which has to be one of the finest speeches ever delivered – both in terms of content and manner of delivery. (King’s background as a Baptist minister and the son of Baptist minister was important.)
Whereas Gillard’s speech was shrill and hectoring, King was persuasively arguing the moral case for African Americans to be treated on equal terms with other Amercians.
It is worth rereading the “I have a Dream” speech, which I have just done. And here are some absolutely critical lines.
We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
The real key is that he was not seeking special treatment but equal treatment; he was not seeking favours but equal opportunity. And he was not arguing that people’s behaviour should not be judged. There are some very important messges in the speech which completely elude our political leaders.