This is what campus life in the West has been reduced to. Apparently even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his messages are diverse enough for the radicals at University of Oregon. Etched in the lobby of the school’s Erb Memorial Union building are Dr. King’s poignant words from his renown “I have a dream” speech:
“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…”
The words have been a part of the building since 1986, but students at the university began to feel that Dr. King’s words do not accurately speak to the needs of its “diversity” populate and pondered whether to scrap MLK famed quote altogether. In the end, they decided to keep Dr. King’s quote for now, but claim that it could be changed in the future. The Daily Emerald reports:
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.
Apparently this is not the first time students ousted a quotation for not “representing” their ideas and perceptions. Until 1985, a passage by the Dean of Administrative Emeritus, William C. Jones, lived in the same space. His quote included the phrases “guardian of the noble in man’s aspiration” and a “leader in the quest for the good life for all men.” Not surprisingly Leftists took umbrage with the use of the word “men” and petitioned that the quote be changed or removed. Jones refused to alter the quote, saying he was “unwilling to give hostage to ignorance.” In the end, the students had their way and removed Jones’ quote after he was deceased. Adell McMillan, author of the book “A Common Ground” said she’s excited about the “important” discussion taking place on campus:
If it were to happen, this would be a feat that would bring in the entire University of Oregon student population to some extent, which is a big reason she thinks the Student Union wasn’t ready to take it on. Though the quote wasn’t up in time for Martin Luther King Jr. day, Woodward says it is promised to be up in the next couple of weeks. “It’s just one more step in becoming a building.”
Unless they are complete Leftists themselves, parents need to start taking a long hard look at the type of education their children are really receiving at university and college campuses across the country. When Dr. Martin Luther King ceases to be “diverse enough” for the student body, and faculty accommodates their warped sense of reality, something has truly gone awry with “university education.”