So, Martin Luther King Jr. almost became a victim of political correctness

posted at 4:41 pm on January 28, 2016 by Matt Vespa

I wish I were joking about this, but I’m not. Martin Luther King. Jr, the civil rights icon who paved way for the expansion of American civil rights for African-Americans in this country, just isn’t inclusive enough. His historic “I Have A Dream” speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 is apparently not politically correct anymore with the student body of the University of Oregon. The reason: there’s not a lot about gender identity in that speech.

The debate about whether Martin Luther King Jr. is not politically correct, outdated, or whatever points made about him by these delicate social justice warriors stems from the renovation of the building from which the now-infamous “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” quote resides: the lobby of the Erb Memorial Union.

Blessedly, when the project is finished, the quote will go back in its proper spot, but the fact that this was even a serious discussion is both disturbingly entertaining and depressing. Martin Luther King Jr. was almost a victim of the politically correct thought police. That’s absolutely insane (via Daily Emerald):

The quote is not going to change, but that decision was not made without some hard thought by the Student Union Board.

Laurie Woodward, the Director of the Student Union said that when she approached the union with the question of if they wanted to keep the current MLK quote or supplement a new one, one of the students asked, “Does the MLK quote represent us today?”

“Diversity is so much more than race. Obviously race still plays a big role. But there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that,” sophomore architecture major, Mia Ashley said.

This isn’t the first time students have begun to question if quote hanging above our heads in the EMU is representative of the student body, according to Adell McMillan’s book “A Common Ground.” Until 1985, the Dean of Administrative Emeritus, William C. Jones, occupied the space with his quote. It read:

“-Established by an enlightened state for service and inspiration

-Reverent before its heritage of principle and institution

-Eager in its adventure with idea and deed

-Guardian of the noble in man’s aspiration for the humane society

-Leader in the quest for the good life for all men.”

The quote began to bother students in the 70s, as it spoke of the aspiration and good life of “men,” which was being used as a dated term for mankind, and was therefore not inclusive.

College, bro.

(H/T Mediaite)


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Magicjava on January 28, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Maybe Oregon didn’t go there, but somebody will.

Dr. King must be spinning in his grave.

Ward Cleaver on January 28, 2016 at 4:49 PM

MLK taught neoMarxism, and was influential in the teachings of one Jeremiah Wright.

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 4:59 PM

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will be getting hired not by the content of their resumes but by the color of their skin.”

Rix on January 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. was almost a victim of the politically correct thought police. That’s absolutely insane

Despite his pivotal role in the civil rights movement the man was pretty notorious as a womanizer. Just saying that being good on one issue doesn’t mean you get a pass on others.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 5:01 PM

The sad part is how many conservative parents send their sons and daughters off to these “universities” and then wonder why America is turning upside down. “Oh, it can’t be my kid who would be so stupid to support Bernie Sanders.” Sorry to inform you, but yes your kid is that stupid, because you are that stupid.

jya lai on January 28, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Is everything Matt writes on here about 2 days or more behind the power curve?

GWB on January 28, 2016 at 5:06 PM

His historic “I Have A Dream” speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 is apparently not politically correct anymore with the student body of the University of Oregon. The reason:

…they’re all a bunch of Left-Tards…being taught by Left-Tards…

…these people are mentally ill…it would be laughable if it wasn’t such a serious threat to our history, freedom and way of life…

…if given the chance, these lunatics would wipe every single bit of our history that conflicts with their worldview off the face of the planet…they should be medicated and locked-up in a looney bin…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 28, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Despite his pivotal role in the civil rights movement the man was pretty notorious as a womanizer. Just saying that being good on one issue doesn’t mean you get a pass on others.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 5:01 PM

…thanks for your $0.50 worth…donated towards the Brainloc GED fund…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 28, 2016 at 5:08 PM

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will be getting hired not by the content of their resumes but by the color of their skin or whether or not they have the right sexual equipment, or whether or not that equipment has been changed, or whether they use that equipment in certain ways.”

Rix on January 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

FIFY

GWB on January 28, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Lol!! MLK is turning over in his grave when he sees whats going on today. African americans use political correctness like they use air to breathe…..

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 5:10 PM

…OT…speaking of mentally disturbed Left-Tards…

Finally: Mizzou Suspends Melissa Click For Attacking Student


That Face

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 28, 2016 at 5:12 PM

There’s a quote from Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” that would definitely not make the cut on college campuses in this day and age.

“When … your wife and mother are never given the respected title ‘Mrs.’ …”

https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

Nowadays, they would have to change that to, “When your wife or your mother is never given the respected title ‘Mrs.,’ “Ms.’, ‘Miss,’ ‘Mr.,’ or ‘Mx.’ …”

J.S.K. on January 28, 2016 at 5:16 PM

The Fickle Finger of Fate Award today goes to: the student body of the University of Oregon.
.
The award is given to people or entities who best exemplify the conundrum represented by Omar Khayyám, intellectual, poet and scientist caught up in an age of islamic deprivation:

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.” – Omar Khayyám

ExpressoBold on January 28, 2016 at 5:16 PM

This blog post assume that conservatives are sympathetic towards MLK.

If he was alive today he would be in the same boat as Jeremiah Wright for conservatives.

Realclearblue on January 28, 2016 at 5:20 PM

This isn’t the first time students have begun to question if quote hanging above our heads in the EMU is representative of the student body, according to Adell McMillan’s book “A Common Ground.”

Methinks the EMU English Department needs to get in touch with the Journalism Department.

corona79 on January 28, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Heaven forbid the precious snowflakes ever read any Mark Twain…

Galtian on January 28, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Despite his pivotal role in the civil rights movement the man was pretty notorious as a womanizer. Just saying that being good on one issue doesn’t mean you get a pass on others.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 5:01 PM

Without a doubt, you who believes himself to be fair and honest and the world’s foremost authority, will apply this same judgement on Hillary and her womanizing husband Bill, correct?

Neitherleftorright on January 28, 2016 at 5:33 PM

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”

I can see the problem. MLKjr should have said “my four little purple penguins” or “my four little trannys”. The hater!!

whatcat on January 28, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Does this really surprise? Most on the left have a vested interest in the failure of his dream.

CWforFreedom on January 28, 2016 at 5:45 PM

He had rough sex with white hookers. Does that count?

CrustyB on January 28, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Despite his pivotal role in the civil rights movement the man was pretty notorious as a womanizer. Just saying that being good on one issue doesn’t mean you get a pass on others.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 5:01 PM

96 % of the time your posts have very little to do with the crux of the original post.

CWforFreedom on January 28, 2016 at 5:48 PM

MLK taught neoMarxism, and was influential in the teachings of one Jeremiah Wright.

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 4:59 PM

Yep, he was a leftist. Nothing to admire there, but the liberals, and many conservatives, find him admirable.

rickv404 on January 28, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Redwhiteandfool….sure.

Sowell, Ben Carson , and black conservatives believe in the dream unlike “if I had a son” Obama.

CWforFreedom on January 28, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Heaven help that generation when my generation is gone.

They won’t have any basements to live in then.

lineholder on January 28, 2016 at 6:03 PM

One should not be surprised, what MLK claimed he wanted, color blindness, is now considered racist by the radical left. We know though that MLK immediately went on to support discrimination against whites under the guise of affirmative action.

federale86 on January 28, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Despite his pivotal role in the civil rights movement the man was pretty notorious as a womanizer. Just saying that being good on one issue doesn’t mean you get a pass on others.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 5:01 PM

This is what you think is red meat to us.

Sounds racist to me.

itsspideyman on January 28, 2016 at 6:13 PM

MLK was a “polysexual”, previously known as a cheating douchebag. What color is that on the rainbow flag?

Nutstuyu on January 28, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Despite his pivotal role in the civil rights movement the man was pretty notorious as a womanizer. Just saying that being good on one issue doesn’t mean you get a pass on others.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 5:01 PM

Sure he was flawed, and a sinner just like all of us, but that doesn’t take away from the mission, getting freedom for those who were denied it.

Ward Cleaver on January 28, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Without a doubt, you who believes himself to be fair and honest and the world’s foremost authority, will apply this same judgement on Hillary and her womanizing husband Bill, correct?

Neitherleftorright on January 28, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Sure as soon that’s established as fact.

Oh, shucks I mentioned that thing you never do, huh?

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 6:57 PM

Sure he was flawed, and a sinner just like all of us, but that doesn’t take away from the mission, getting freedom for those who were denied it.

Ward Cleaver on January 28, 2016 at 6:19 PM

I’m not saying it does. But if he was himself perpetuating discrimination of another sort…

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 6:58 PM

This is what you think is red meat to us.

Sounds racist to me.

itsspideyman on January 28, 2016 at 6:13 PM

*shrug*

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 6:59 PM

96 % of the time your posts have very little to do with the crux of the original post.

CWforFreedom on January 28, 2016 at 5:48 PM

If you say so, this one clearly goes directly to the crux of the issue, however.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Despite his pivotal role in the civil rights movement the man was pretty notorious as a womanizer. Just saying that being good on one issue doesn’t mean you get a pass on others.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 5:01 PM

Kind of like Bill Clinton, eh.

Solaratov on January 28, 2016 at 7:27 PM

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 6:57 PM

It is as factual as your assertion on Dr. King’s womanizing.

Neitherleftorright on January 28, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Go, Ducks.

tenore on January 28, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Go Ducks 2

tenore on January 28, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Just like leftists to miss the point. Just because your queero-normative, gender-twisting, anti-theist pandering wasn’t the issue of the day back then does not mean you can’t apply the spirit of the quote in a broader sense than its literal words.

James on January 28, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Heaven help that generation when my generation is gone.

They won’t have any basements to live in then.

lineholder on January 28, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Indeed.

One should not be surprised, what MLK claimed he wanted, color blindness, is now considered racist by the radical left.

No inspiring statement is immune to transmogrification into insanity by the creeping Overton window…

We know though that MLK immediately went on to support discrimination against whites under the guise of affirmative action.

federale86 on January 28, 2016 at 6:07 PM

… prompted by the declarator himself, by not actually adhering to his own genius.
But none of that invalidates the statement itself as an ideal to aim for.

AesopFan on January 28, 2016 at 11:16 PM

I have a dream . . . of a bouncing blonde with a heavy seat. . . .

Younggod on January 29, 2016 at 6:08 AM

As I wrote in the headlines, all of this sexual and gender “identity” crap is part of the content of your character. You should be judged on it.

Count to 10 on January 29, 2016 at 8:13 AM

That one line from that one speech was genius. The rest of what MLKjr did and said was apparently forgettable. Oh well.

Count to 10 on January 29, 2016 at 8:21 AM

one of the students asked, “Does the MLK quote represent us today?”

No, it doesn’t. These so-called students couldn’t find character with both hands and a road map and they are forever judging based on the “color” of words with no thought whatsoever about content or meaning. Freedom from being offended has no place in Dr. King’s dream. It’s also a pretty lousy goal to have in life and no way to run a railroad.

Lammo on January 29, 2016 at 11:02 AM

What? Is that all? Gender? Let’s not forget MLK was a Republican, a gun owner and once stated that anyone who spoke out against the state of Israel is by default an anti-Semite.

And then there’s that womanizer thing. But if feminists can excuse Bill Clinton and Islam, MLK can get a pass on that too I suppose.

xstatic on January 29, 2016 at 2:05 PM