Martin Luther King Jr. warned that things are not always as they seem, and that a parallel universe continued to exist for poor people of color in the United States.
He said: There are two Americas. One America is beautiful. In this America, millions of people have the milk of pros- perity and the honey of equality flowing before them. This America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, cul- ture and education for their minds, freedom and hu- man dignity for their spirits. In this America children grow up in the sunlight of opportunity. But there is another America. This other America has a daily ug- liness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair. (From “The Other America,” March 14, 1968).