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Monday, August 27 

I Have A Limited Dream For A Select Few

There are plans to build a monument to Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. Apparently some controversy has blown up over the fact that the sculptor hired to complete the work is Chinese.
A loose-knit but growing group of critics says a black artist — or at least an American — should have been chosen to create the King memorial between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials in the nation's capital. They have been joined by human rights advocates who say King would have abhorred the Chinese government's record on religious and civil liberty.

"They keep saying King was for everyone. I keep telling people, 'No, King wasn't for everyone. King was for fairness and justice,"' said Gilbert Young, a black painter from Atlanta who has started a Web site and a petition drive to try to change the project.

"I believe that black artists have the right to interpret ourselves first," Young said. "If nobody steps up to the plate to do that, then certainly pass it along to someone else."
I read this story and my reaction was a massive amount of eye rolling. Is this really what race relations in this country have boiled down to? The fight for justice and equality for all means separate but equal? Because that's where it is all heading.

You can't sculpt a monument to a black man unless you're black. That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard, and, in my humble opinion, is 100% opposite of what MLK preached. But don't take my word for it, let's hear from him directly.
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 today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
Seems like a simple proposition to me. Freedom and equality for everyone, regardless of race, creed, color, or religion. Judge people on the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.

But if that happened, what would idiots like Je$$e Jackson have to whine about? Where would this country be without our moral outrage over the stupidest things.

I think the perfect legacy for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream is to have a Chinese man sculpt his monument. Because his dream wasn't just for blacks in America, it was because he believed in the words "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal".

All men.


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