The picture of candidates shows 20 males, 1 Black face only, and 2 females.
I haven't finished Mr. Koehler's article, but if it fits what he typically writes, it will use the following to make gender and possibly race invisible and irrelevant:
"He reached for humanity’s deepest yearning, for the connectedness of all people, for the transcendence of hatred and the demonization of “the other.”
Dr. King, as opposed to many male Caucasian writers, is not speaking about wiping out the voice of the alternative. He's talking about how to integrate it into a more colorful inclusive society.
Too often right wing pundits (and their enablers on the Left) take this idea of not being "other-oriented" as cause to continue the status quo's business as usual; and as the field of candidates shows, it's always based on white male dominance through their numbers, their financial portfolios, their statuses at universities, corporations, government, or the MIC.
THAT, by its very asymmetric representation defies the truly Democratic, Diverse society in both practice and ideal.
The corollary to "no problem can be solved at the level of thinking that created it" ought to be that neither can it be solved if the same demographic that set the problem into motion STILL gets to call the shots and direct the mores, priorities, and decisions of the entire society.
It never dawns on Mr. Koehler that the absence of diversity is the reason why white male militarists who have led the world for centuries, continue to do so... and they lead INTO ruin:
"The war King was crying out against ended eight years after that 1967 speech, but the poison did not disappear from the country’s soul. There was no atonement, no real change, only, ultimately, a retrenching and regrouping of the military-industrial consensus."
There is another consensus--and it's called patriarchy; but Mr. Koehler dare not speak its name!