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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:01 PM

King 'content of character' quote inspires debate

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Source: AP-Excite

By JESSE WASHINGTON

"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."

This sentence spoken by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been quoted countless times as expressing one of America's bedrock values, its language almost sounding like a constitutional amendment on equality.

Yet today, 50 years after King shared this vision during his most famous speech, there is considerable disagreement over what it means.

The quote is used to support opposing views on politics, affirmative action and programs intended to help the disadvantaged. Just as the words of the nation's founders are parsed for modern meanings on guns and abortion, so are King's words used in debates over the proper place of race in America.

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In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to thousands during his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in Washington. Actor-singer Sammy Davis Jr., is at bottom right. It has been cited as one of America's essential ideals, its language suggestive of a constitutional amendment on equality: People should "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Yet 50 years after the King's monumental statement, there is considerable disagreement over what this quote means when it comes to affirmative action and other measures aimed at helping the disadvantaged. (AP Photo/File)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:31 PM

1. "there is considerable disagreement over what it means. "

Yet today, 50 years after King shared this vision during his most famous speech, there is considerable disagreement over what it means.

Hogwash.

The AP must really be trying to beef up the circulation of its member newspapers (and, thus, its own sales) or something. "Considerable disagreement?" Here we are, again, portraying the twisted-logic "opinions" of a diminishing racist GOP contingency as "relevant." Sure, it comprises maybe as much as 20% of the population. But, when they are granted the majority of press coverage, then, voilą! A "controversy" where "both sides have views worth considering."

Why not dig up David Duke for his "worthwhile opinion" while you're at it?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:24 AM

2. AP is suspect here...

I've only heard it during affirmative action arguments from those who are opposed to it (the right wing, i.e.) I love ya, Omaha Steve, but I can't recommend this one. I guess it's just a little red meat for the red states, since this day is going to be very difficult for them...
I do recommend you, though. Happy Inaugural Day!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:05 AM

3. good article, but it is not BREAKING news

it is analysis of a past event. Please re-post in another forum.

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