The racial transformation of society envisioned in Martin Luther King's dream has been an emotional and powerful ideal. That vision has gone through its own transformation: it was first described as "integration," then "affirmative action," and then "diversity" and "multiculturalism." As each of these phrases acquired negative connotation from reactionary, conservative backlashes, a new phrase has had to be invented to carry forward that transformative vision. Yet the cycle of exclusion that gives privileges to the dominant cultural status quo continues.
Wildman, Stephanie M.
"The Dream of Diversity and the Cycle of Exclusion,"
Trotter Review: Vol. 11
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/trotter_review/vol11/iss1/4