Student leaders at the University of Oregon debated removing a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. from its student center, arguing that the quote was not inclusive enough for modern understandings of diversity.Modern academia is turning into a cesspool of toxic identity politics, so it is not exactly surprising the campus lynch mobs are now going after Martin Luther King. All totalitarian movements require kangaroo courts and witch hunts in order to terrorize the proles into submission and maintain power.
Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union, which is currently under renovation, had the following famous King quote on the wall: “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…”
But as renovation continues, the Oregon Student Union seriously considered replacing that quote. “The quote is not going to change,” reports student paper Oregon Daily Emerald, “but that decision was not made without some hard thought by the Student Union Board.”
The targeting of Martin Luther King is not accidental or random, but purposeful. If someone as revered as King can be purged by our self-anointed moral and intellectual betters then no one is safe.
Here is a thought designed to keep you awake at night. The student leaders behind this failed purge will one day become judges and political leaders with real power over our lives. And as their power grows I suspect their intolerance will grow as well. How would you like to be on the receiving end of their wrath when that happens?