That’s Right Nate

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Martin Luther King Statue too Threatening

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The centerpiece for the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall has drawn criticism from a federal arts panel, which says the proposed statue looks “confrontational” and resembles the head of a socialist state more than a civil rights leader.

Models of the 28-foot tall statue depict King emerging from a chunk of granite, his arms folded in front of his chest, his legs firmly rooted, an intense gaze on his face.

But the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which reviews the design of projects in the capital area, said the design should be reworked to reflect a more sympathetic rendering of King.

This is not the first time that King has been accused of socialism.  However, one of the reasons why white Americans are able to get behind Martin Luther King’s legacy is that in retrospect he wasn’t very confrontational.  It is difficult enough for some non-college educated hard working white people to get behind the idea of a black man on the national mall–I think its very important that he not be an angry black man.  People come to the National Mall to be inspired, not menaced or made uncomfortable.  Give us a friendlier softer Martin Luther King–one that all Americans can get behind.


Written by thatsrightnate

May 11, 2008 at 10:51 am

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  1. I think you are missing the point Nate. King was a defiant, militant man — who sought to violently overthrow capitalism through boycotts and demonstrations — he has been white washed by the media into a modern day St. Francis of Assisi. I think he should be portrayed as the hostile revolutionary he was. Why give a false historical lesson to our impressionable young white children. Like the Lambs, they should be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.

    Eva brown

    May 11, 2008 at 12:56 pm

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