It's not that nothing has changed in race relations since 1968. Our conscious attitudes, or at least those we aspire to hold, have progressed tremendously. In the aftermath of King's assassination, The Sun sent reporters and photographers out for a man-on-the-street column, and they sent back a string of quotes from whites who didn't want to talk about it for fear of agitating the black community. It wasn't until the last two paragraphs that The Sun managed to quote a man it referred to as "a Negro and a cab driver," and only then for his report on what his white passengers thought of things. In the wake of the 1968 riots, Maryland's Republican governor made his reputation as a law-and-order race baiter with a well-publicized berating of Baltimore's black leaders for failing to keep the peace, a performance that may have landed him on Richard Nixon's ticket a few months later. After the riots in 2015, Maryland's Republican governor shot hoops in West Baltimore and listened to residents' complaints about the lack of resources and opportunities in their communities. There are glaring exceptions, of course — starting with President Donald Trump's observation that there were "very fine people" on both sides of last summer's conflict between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville — but few Americans today would profess to disagree with the dream King expressed in his 1963 march on Washington.