To recall and imagine that good old America was merely mulling the "Negro problem" over a century after Lincoln is mind-boggling.
Washington will be "impressed," Reston opined after the "I Have a Dream" speech.
The point after all was to impress the U.S. Congress, a sullen body of hacks (white) and posers (white) determined to protect not the rights of the citizenry, but their own.
Some things never change. Well, perhaps they have...marginally.
America, I love thee...sweet land of liberty.