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Sculptor Removes Phrase
From Memorial to King

New York Times, by Erin Banco

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Posted By:pineledger, 8/2/2013 8:34:34 AM

Washington--The Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin finished removing a contentious phrase on the memorial for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at the end of the month. The phrase came from Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech. It read, “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” Critics of the memorial, including the poet Maya Angelou, said the phrase did not show the true nature of the full quotation.

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The phrase was not contentious. Maya Angelou et al. were the contentious parties. Who´s racist?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 8/2/2013 8:44:35 AM     (No. 9454424)

I never heard of his "Drum Major" quote until it showed up on this thing.
The thing still looks more like a statue of Martin Luther Mao.
It´s a disgrace and should be a complete do-over.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 8/2/2013 9:56:40 AM     (No. 9454577)

Not meaning any disrespect here, but wasn´t there a member of the black community capable of doing a decent statue of their hero, MLK?

Instead of defacing that statue because Maya is annoyed, why don´t they actually teach what MLK had to say? He had some profound thoughts regarding the state of his community that would certainly apply to society today.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: miceal, 8/2/2013 10:32:10 AM     (No. 9454668)

Oh, if Maya Angelou didn´t "get it" it must be really really vague and convoluted. I got it on first reading but then I´m not in Maya´s league when it comes to "understanding."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: nigella, 8/2/2013 11:32:07 AM     (No. 9454834)

So I guess we can expect a Month long re-hash of the civil rights movement and how we are all raaaaacists...Swell

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