Since 1986, the University of Oregon has housed a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. in the lobby of the Erb Memorial Union. “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…”
However, this hasn’t always been the quote that filled the entrance of the EMU and there was talk of the quote changing again. 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.
So, they made the right decision, but the fact that this was even an issue to which anyone devoted “hard thought” because hey, King was insufficiently appreciative of transgenders, is a sign of insanity.
This is not one of this “ha ha, look at the crazy liberals” things, or at least not simply that. What does it say about a country in which educated people actually stop to wonder if one of the most famous moral expressions of the American creed ever uttered ought to be removed from a university’s public space because LGBT.
I cannot wait for the backlash. Honestly, I cannot. As Reason‘s Nick Gillespie, a gay rights supporter, says,
The revolution eats its own, doesn’t it? And then, like a bulimic, it vomits it all up and gives it another go.