While watching "Meet the Press" this morning, where a group of academics discussion the problems of race in America, I was struck far removed the elitist view of race has come from Dr. King's simple vision of racial equality. John McWhorter, a black conservative academic in the tradition of Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams, did a great job of putting all the liberal excuses into prospective. For example, in looking at the illegitimacy rate, now almost 70% among blacks, he pointed out that this began in the late 60s. In the 30s in poor, black Chicago, illegitimacy was 15%, the current rate for American Asians, the best group in America. When it came to every negative trend in crime, drugs, and unemployment, he pointed to the late sixties as the turning point. Dr. King, of course, died in 1968. McWhorter was very diplomatic in not expressing his opinions of what happened; obviously segregation and racism did not start getting worse in the late sixties. He also pointed out reasons why all the traditional excuses--decrease in manufacturing jobs, increase in immigration, etc.--just didn't hold water in light of actual history. The big question is, what went wrong?