Bloomberg’s Footage and MLK’s Cloud

Michael Bloomberg has been posting footage from his public events on his new YouTube channel, including this one today, which, if I’m not mistaken, is slightly edited.

The video is from a January 19 breakfast in Harlem that Bloomberg hosted in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

At the event, Bloomberg spoke about education reform and referred at length to King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, where the slain civil rights leader referred to “clouds of inferiority in their mental skies” that form in children when they’re young.

But the video posted by the mayor’s office doesn’t include the line I thought was most striking, which is when Bloomberg paints himself as an agent fulfilling King’s dream.

In the speech, Bloomberg said, “We still have a long way to go, but I’m glad to say those clouds are starting to part. Since the state legislature granted us control of the school system in 2002, we’ve replaced a culture of excuses with a culture of accountability.”