Friday, February 12, 2016

Martin Luther King Not Inclusive Enough For College Kids

                 Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” quote has long adorned a wall of a prominent University of Oregon campus building. It nearly was kicked off campus recently. Why? The university’s student union seriously considered removing it because it only references one kind of diversity- skin color- and is therefore not fully inclusive. The students were concerned that King’s statement doesn’t address the concerns of the LGBTQ community, among others.
                For all too many college students today, it is not enough to agree with them on some things, one must accept their entire agenda, all at once, or be branded an intolerant, close-minded bigot and enemy of progress. And they will tolerate anything in the world except for objective truth, a conservative speaking on campus, or open disagreement with their exalted notions. This is why surveys show such a sizeable minority of college students are currently in favor of overt censorship of speech.
                Mr. King delivered this speech in 1963. Most people weren’t aware that there was a LGBTQ community. Frankly, most people were quite content with the (now stultifying) 2-sex system. MLK literally couldn’t have dreamt of the 57 or 63 or whatever number of different genders are officially recognized now. What did these comfort-craving, coddled, crazy college kids expect him to have said?
                Perhaps: “When we allow freedom to ring- when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, feminists and NAZI’s, gays and lesbians, bisexuals and agenders, atheists and pagans, gender fluid and non-binaries, devil-worshippers and Muslims, two-spirits and pangenders, neutrois and trans*, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, we are free at last.”?
                Dr. King famously said, "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."
                For those truly listening, doesn't that say it all?


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