Political Correctness

When Martin Luther King, Jr. Just Isn't Inclusive Enough: U of Oregon Debates Pulling Quote

"Diversity is so much more than race...there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that," says one student.


Via Mediaite comes word of the latest too-hard-to-parody moment in political correctness. For the past 30 years, the Erb Memorial Union, a student center, at the University of Oregon has displayed this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.:

"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…"

According to an account in the school's student newspaper, The Emerald, the quote came close to being taken down for not being inclusive enough.

There was talk of the quote changing…. 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.

Full article here.

The revolution eats its own, doesn't it? And then, like a bulimic, it vomits it all up and gives it another go.

Mediaite's Alex Griswold notes

Ironically, the King quote was to the lobby after students complained about another quote. Until 1985, the wall declared the University of Oregon "leader in the quest for the good life for all men." That was replaced with the King quote after feminists objected to the implication that Oregon only cared about "men."


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  1. “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?”

    I have been waiting for this. For a long time I thought the real objection to this quote would be the “…judged…by the content of their character.” portion. They won’t come right out and say it, but that is what they object to. For PC idiots your value is based on your grievance credentials and character has nothing to do with it. In fact, if they were judged on character they would be found wanting and they know it.

      1. That’s hilarious.

      2. This also seems appropriate here.

      3. If Jesus were to come back he will be perp-walked and crucified all over again.

        1. Well, duh, he’s a racist old JOO.

      4. The caption by the uploader is full of derp, though:

        Back in the 1980’s corporations decided to send out youth scouts to get inside our heads. They saw us as a potential marketing demographic to exploit. They force fed us this culture, Record Labels, Rap, BET, MTV, Brand Names, Pop, the club scene, it’s all to serve a few greedy bastards at the top who are profiting off of our stolen identity.

        Today, on Learn What Words Mean, we explore the meaning of the phrase “force feeding” and how it is often misapplied…

        1. Dammit Kbolino, can’t you see that they are not responsible for who they have become? It’s just not their fault!

        2. They force fed us this culture

          our stolen identity

          Well, which is it?

        3. Waanh, “they” forced us to make expensive athletic shoes our number-one priority in life!

        4. So white people did create rap? Sweet!

          1. The producer of “Planet Rock” is Arthur Baker, so… sorta yeah?

            1. See also:

              “Uneasy Rider” buy the Charlie Daniels Band?

              “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette” by Tex Williams?

              Anything by Christopher Allen Bouchillon?

              Talkin’ blues has been around a looooooong time.

              Kevin R

  2. My PM links post seems very relevant to this. Not even going to try to copy it on mobile though.

    1. Sorry nicole, that’s a category error. There’s no such thing as a relevant PM links post.

    2. Just say Nikki|1.26.16 @ 4:31PM|#

      Adolph Reed on race and class:

      AR: What the race discourse does is it forces a racial interpretation onto any manifestation of inequality or injustice to be associated with black people on the receiving end. So in that sense, the demands aren’t even that important. The discussion of the program isn’t even that important. The real objective is to maintain the dominance of the racialist interpretive frame of reference and that goes back to my contention that this is a class program because part of the material foundation of the class has been, since the class began to take shape at the end of the 19th century, a claim to be representatives of the aspirations of and of the voice of black people writ large.

      …And they all gave the same line: all white people are racist. It’s foolish to try to make distinctions among them based on principle and on politics, we have to be pragmatic and align ourselves with whichever ones of them are going to do something for black people and that formulation of course is an instantiation of the famous slippage between first

      1. Race = class. Members of class A are all the same. Class B oppresses class A. Any disadvantage of class A is due to oppression. Members of class B are all the same. So?

        1. You’re missing the big picture. If class B paid class A reparations for past unjust treatment then, finally, class B would magically reach the perfect state called “equal”. All outcomes would then be equal – income, employment, incarceration rates, college education, etc. – and both groups would live together in harmony forever without guilt, resentment, feelings of inadequacy. Sure, possibly, those things wouldn’t come to pass but then further remedies could be instituted because, well, you want equality, don’t you?

  3. Each passing year nudges King farther into history’s dust bin. By today’s standards, he would be called a sell out.

    1. Something something… Uncle Tom…

    2. *Today’s* standards? Some people called him a sellout *back then.*

      (starts 50 seconds in)

  4. “where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. “

    Understand this: as the military struggle draws to a close, the political struggle intensifies. In the hour of victory, the military will have served its purpose – and all men will be judged POLITICALLY – regardless of their military record!

    1. I used to admire your poetry. I shouldn’t admire it now. I should find it absurdly personal. Don’t you agree? Feelings, insights, affections… it’s suddenly trivial now. You don’t agree: you’re wrong. The personal life is dead in Academia. Political correctness has killed it.

  5. sophomore architecture major Mia Ashley is a retarded cunt

  6. Look, he’s an old, dead, white guy. So why should anyone care what he said like 100 years ago?

    1. Thank you.

    2. Should I be ashamed at how hard I laughed at that? …Nah…

    3. And last I saw, this is a democracy, not a monarchy.

  7. So they can only have one quote up at the student center? If your only going to have one it should be this


    1. What about a simple and dignified POONTANG across the wall?

      1. “If I’m gonna get my balls blown off for a word, my word is poontang.”

    2. Goddammit you sunuvabitch.

      1. Hey it’s been ages since the last rick roll. It was due.

  8. Can a lot of this be traced back to a complete inability to think abstractly and a basic lack of empathy?

    I mean, it shouldn’t be that hard for people who feel oppressed to see past the literal meaning of a single word in King’s quote and to find solidarity with the *sentiment* that he was expressing.

    1. finding solidarity with the sentiment runs totally counter to being aggrieved and offended. If you’re judged on your character, you can’t claim victimhood or oppression or something associated by being a racial, ethnic, or other minority. I think Suthenboy alluded to that overall point earlier – being judged by character is the last thing these children want.

      1. Yes. Individualist sentiment is in direct conflict with their collectivist worldview.

      2. But it’s a sentiment of struggle and ultimately, overcoming. Other persecuted groups (whether real or perceived) can’t identify with that?

    2. Pretty sure the member of the Student Union Board who stood up and said, “Hey, maybe not everything is about you, all the damned time,” is no longer a member of the Student Union Board.

      (I’m just wishfully thinking that such a person actually existed, and actually made such a statement, before they were shouted down by the hideous, hairy, heavily-pierced trolls of the HeShe Society.)

      1. ” the hideous, hairy, heavily-pierced trolls of the HeShe Society”

        Lately I have noticed people referring disparagingly to trannies where just a few years ago those same people would have been taken aback by such. For people who actually do care about that cause I don’t think the effects of this movement are going to be what they want it to be.

        1. Or…”When they see the reality of their beautiful world of social justice and equality they won’t like it very much.”

  9. Relevant as ever:

    If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.

    -Thomas Sowell

    1. And naive in any of those times.

  10. Color them crazy.

  11. Guy in the picture looks kind of like the statue of that Chinese guy in the DC mall.

    1. the statue of that Chinese guy in the DC mall.

      Chairman Mao?

  12. “Until 1985, the wall declared the University of Oregon “leader in the quest for the good life for all men.”

    They should have just gone with this quote from Joseph Lane, the founder of Oregon:

    “[T]he slave states…will go out of this Union and into one of their own; forming a great, homogeneous, and glorious Southern confederacy.”

    1. Next to a certain flag


      1. Seriously, some black people were forced to fight for the confederacy (just like many whites were forced), and some black people chose to.

        There were plenty of rational reasons, such as actually liking your “master,” or at least wanting to win his favor, hoping to get freed if you fought well enough, etc. Or being forced to fight just as in peacetime you were forced to pick cotton.

        And like white people, sometimes black people didn’t want to cramp their style by fighting for one side only:

        The 1st Louisiana Native Guard (CSA) was a Confederate Louisianan militia that consisted of free persons of color. Formed in 1861[2] in New Orleans, Louisiana, it was disbanded on April 25, 1862. Some of the unit’s members joined the Union Army’s 1st Louisiana Native Guard, which later became the 73rd Regiment Infantry of the United States Colored Troops.”

        1. The “[2]” is a bracketed footnote.

  13. The marxist teachers have really fucked up this generation.

    1. You can’t rape the willing..

      1. You just got banned from half the campuses in the country.

        1. I can live with that..

    2. “The marxist teachers have really fucked up this generation.”

      It looks like the favor is being returned.

  14. 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.

    You couldn’t buy this kind of comedy material.

  15. Oregon has such a great history with racial inclusion…


  16. How long before there are calls to rename the many streets, schools, parks, other public buildings and a government holiday named after MLK?

    1. I do my best to avoid MLK Blvd in whatever city I’m in.

  17. How long before there are calls to rename the many streets, schools, parks, other public buildings and a government holiday named after MLK?

    1. Well he is named for the guy who wrote On the Jews and Their Lies

  18. This is really a case of (self-proclaimed) activists allowing the perfect to become the enemy of the good. Unfortunately, that’s an occupational hazard of activism; activism tends to attract highly obsessive-compulsive personalities who are prone to all-or-nothing thinking (as well as all the rest of the common cognitive distortions).

    This typically leads to groups of activists who are completely unable to achieve the change they seek and therefore shift their focus from actually trying to make things better to doing nothing but complaining about how bad things are. This also spares them from the tedious hard and slow work that’s necessary to achieve real change; everything has to wait until after the revolution.

    These phenomena are independent of ideology, although currently they stymie the Left much more than the Right; the latter has mostly learned the lessons of choosing their battles wisely (though the “alt-right” is starting to show signs of obsessive perfectionism.

  19. A quote I came across while reading some stuff on the Gamergate culture war, attributed to Harvey C. Mansfield’s book “America’s Constitutional Soul”:

    “To whom does one make an accusation of racism? To people who believe racism to be a bad thing, not to racists. Thus the very accusation that America is racist presupposes that most Americans are not racist. In consequence, those who accuse do not really believe their accusations of racism, and the accusations tend to become routine.[?] Well, this is no way to get on with one’s fellow citizens.”

  20. Throughout the years, the people have been modeling and looking to Inspirational Leaders as a source of inspiration for achieving goals for themselves. Inspirational quotes from great leaders have since become daily brain food for people wanting to create better lives for themselves.

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