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."