There is a Martin Luther King Jr quote that is now being called “not inclusive enough” for the University of Oregon. Yes, THAT Martin Luther King Jr.
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.
The quote in question?
“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 have a dream…”
Yes. That’s the quote. That’s the quote in question for not being inclusive enough. The quote. The definitive, Martin Luther King Jr. quote. His signature. His calling card. The idea for which he is most recognized and respected. The Martin Luther King Jr. quote. Leftists aren’t even complaining that it prefers one gender over another, because it doesn’t. It’s gender neutral. But because it doesn’t acknowledge other genders. The LGBTQAAIP ones (real acronym, not satire). See America, this is why we can’t have nice things.
And while the quote is staying (for now)…
Woodward says she has no idea if the quote will change again in the near future, but she’s merely excited that important discussions like this are being held on campus again. “What words are is important,” she says, “but what’s more important is that people think about what the words should be.”
The fact that this is even considered an important discussion is emblematic of everything wrong with college. Allow me to explain why.
First, Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote is in no way exclusive or offensive. Period. He may have said some other things that were controversial, but this isn’t one of them.
Second, just because a historical figure was imperfect doesn’t make them any less historically impactful. What are we supposed to wipe the history books clean of anyone who made mistakes or was misguided in some areas of life? Get rid of any monuments that include anyone with a history that might be offensive to some?
What space-time hole did I step through to get here? We’re now trying to child-proof colleges?! I remember back in the day, you could smoke crack with your college professor (Obama) or sexually accost half the sorority sisters on campus (Clinton ALLEGEDLY), and people liked it that way. Now we’re supposed to issue trigger warnings for masculine pronouns and wipe history books of gendered history? Well, what can you expect from kids who literally want to ban freedom of speech. Yes, really. Watch the video below.