Quote of the Day: MLK on Our Colleges

 

“If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, ‘brethren!’ Be careful, teachers!” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Despite failings, Martin Luther King, Jr., was a man of remarkable vision. He stated this over 60 years ago. Back then our colleges and universities were centers of academic excellence, stressing the importance of finding knowledge through constant questioning and by challenging the conventional verities. Today? They are occupied by close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts.

Just as King’s “I have a dream” quote is missing from the King Memorial in Washington DC, this too is excised from the canon of King’s sayings, carefully unremembered.

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  1. Lilly B Coolidge
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    I visited the King memorial last year, but I did not realize that quote isn’t there. What was the justification given for leaving it out?

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  2. Seawriter Contributor
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    Lilly B (View Comment):

    I visited the King memorial last year, but I did not realize that quote isn’t there. What was the justification given for leaving it out?

    Doesn’t fit the narrative, does it? Measuring people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin is soooo twentieth century. If you did that it would knock the underpinnings out from CRT. 

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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Just another example of how far we’ve fallen . . . 

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  4. She Reagan
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    Seawriter: [King] stated this over 60 years ago.  Back then our colleges and universities were centers of academic excellences, stressing the importance of finding knowledge through constant questioning and by challenging the conventional verities. Today? They are occupied by  close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. 

    I’d add “fearful” to the list.

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  5. Lilly B Coolidge
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Lilly B (View Comment):

    I visited the King memorial last year, but I did not realize that quote isn’t there. What was the justification given for leaving it out?

    Doesn’t fit the narrative, does it? Measuring people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin is soooo twentieth century. If you did that it would knock the underpinnings out from CRT.

    NPS lists all the quotes from the memorial and I am so surprised that the quote that most Americans consider King’s most famous one is missing. I mean, I  think it makes total sense considering the new narrative of systemic racism, but I think most Americans would expect the “content of your character” quote to be engraved in the stone walls surrounding King’s statue.

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  6. Seawriter Contributor
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    Lilly B (View Comment):
    I think most Americans would expect the “content of your character” quote to be engraved in the stone walls surrounding King’s statue.

    But “most Americans” are not the Woke elites choosing what inscriptions go on the monument, are they? The Woke elite are just as capable of perverting King’s legacy as they are perverting the legacy of the dead white males that founded this country and made it exceptional.

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  7. Matt Bartle Member
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    I had not heard that quote before – thanks!

    It’s spot-on.

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  8. Stad Coolidge
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    Seawriter: King’s “I have a dream” quote is missing from the King Memorial in Washington DC

    The single most important line in the speech, the one most Americans are familiar with . . . yeah, it goes against the narrative . . .

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  9. Stad Coolidge
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    Lilly B (View Comment):

    I visited the King memorial last year, but I did not realize that quote isn’t there. What was the justification given for leaving it out?

    That’s a good question . . .

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  10. Stad Coolidge
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    I did some research, and the only thing I could find was an article saying the famous quote was “intentionally left out to highlight some of his lesser known words.”  Sounds bogus to me.

    Oh, and I found the first article calling for MLKjr to be cancelled:

    https://thepostmillennial.com/activist-mlk-and-rosa-parks-racist-and-calls-for-their

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  11. Lilly B Coolidge
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Lilly B (View Comment):

    I visited the King memorial last year, but I did not realize that quote isn’t there. What was the justification given for leaving it out?

    That’s a good question . . .

    A lot of thought and planning goes into those memorials, but I don’t recall hearing any controversy about the selection of quotes. I recall controversy over the style of the statue because it’s very unlike traditional freestanding statues. 

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  12. Seawriter Contributor
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    Lilly B (View Comment):
    I recall controversy over the style of the statue because it’s very unlike traditional freestanding statues. 

    Looks very Soviet. Which explains in part the omission of the “I have a dream” quote.

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  13. Stad Coolidge
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    Lilly B (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Lilly B (View Comment):

    I visited the King memorial last year, but I did not realize that quote isn’t there. What was the justification given for leaving it out?

    That’s a good question . . .

    A lot of thought and planning goes into those memorials, but I don’t recall hearing any controversy about the selection of quotes. I recall controversy over the style of the statue because it’s very unlike traditional freestanding statues.

    It turns out one of the quotes was a misquote, and they are going to fix it by doing something like carving over it.

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  14. Bishop Wash Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    I did some research, and the only thing I could find was an article saying the famous quote was “intentionally left out to highlight some of his lesser known words.” Sounds bogus to me.

    Oh, and I found the first article calling for MLKjr to be cancelled:

    https://thepostmillennial.com/activist-mlk-and-rosa-parks-racist-and-calls-for-their

    A number of years ago I read an article noting that the honorific for MLK jr seemed to be shifting. I remember growing up  it seemed to be split between reverend and doctor with maybe more reverends. Now it seems to be exclusively doctor even though his doctorate is in theology. I suppose to not focus on his religious side.

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  15. OmegaPaladin Moderator
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    Congratulations, @seawriter   You were linked at Instapundit!   

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/452784/

     

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  16. Lilly B Coolidge
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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Congratulations, @ seawriter You were linked at Instapundit!

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/452784/

     

    What I learned about the MLK memorial from this post is still among the most shocking things I have learned this year. 

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