Re "Obama says King's dream not realized" (Editorials, Aug. 29): I was there 50 years ago that hot August afternoon by the reflecting pool with other young black men listening to those speaking against bigotry, racism, violence and poverty. We already understood that our destiny in America was to include dangers, risks and obstacles no white man would ever face.
As a young man in Sacramento I experienced first-hand blatant racism when applying for jobs I had held in Washington, D.C., but was told here, "Only whites held those positions," or "Try Oakland."
Unfortunately, not that much has changed. Sacramento still has a disproportionate number of minorities who are unemployed (government slowdowns and base closures hurt us more), on public assistance or are incarcerated: Sacramento has five times as many three-strike inmates as San Francisco; too many are minorities. So what's changed?
-- Jerry A. Martin, Sacramento