Thursday, January 28, 2016
Campus PC has come to this: The Student Union Board at the University of Oregon seriously debated removing a Martin Luther King Jr. quote from the rec center because the words weren’t “inclusive” enough.
And perhaps his most famous quote: “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.”
And that says nothing about gender issues — leading one student leader to ask: “Does the MLK quote represent us today?”
As if every inspiration in a public place has to be about “representing us today.”
“Diversity is so much more than race,” sophomore Mia Ashley told the student paper. “Obviously race still plays a big role. But there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that.”
Happily, the students opted against erasing the Rev. King’s immortal words. But they let it be known, “That decision was not made without some hard thought by the Student Union Board.”
Sorry, kids: If that took “hard thought,” you’re going to be in for a world of hurt when you leave your “safe space.”