By John Reynolds/CNBNews.net
After reading the Martin Luther King articles in the media recently about how much progress we have made in this country towards racial equality, but how much more we need to go, I thought: we are two generations into civil rights and affirmative action, with trillions spent on urban renewal, housing, food, education and health care for Hyphenated-Americans, and we still haven't reached racial parity yet – except in the field of political corruption.
If you look at the roster of Camden politicians who spent time in the slammer, you'll see a diverse mix, cutting across all racial and ethnic lines. It's a time-line of the rise of minorities in this country. You have Italian-American Angelo Errichetti doing time for bribery in the early '80s, African-American Arnold Webster jailed for stealing money from the schools in the mid '90s, and Puerto Rican-American Milton Milan succumbing to the temptation of cash envelopes in late '90s. All Hyphenated-Americans.
We need a one-legged-female-gay-Asian crook to fill out the list. Who says America isn't the land of opportunity. To quote another famous King, Don, "Only in America can a Barack Obama happen. Only in America can a Don King happen."