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  •  Sigh... (4+ / 0-)

    Martin Luther King III is Dr. King's son and a political activist. Here's his wiki entry:

    Think about this, please: do you really want to slur a member of the King family?

    "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

    by grannyhelen on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 05:56:21 AM PST

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    •  I don't think it was a slur (1+ / 0-)
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      He/she was just complaining about the painful combination of Junior and III.

      His name, as you point out, is Martin Luther King III, it's not "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. III" (which made me wince as well). The title of the diary unfortunately smacks of ignorance or haste.

      •  Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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        During a recent demonstration in front of the Justice Department, a CNN reporter made the same mistake, repeatedly calling Martin III "Martin Luther King Jr., III."

        My father shared a pulpit with Martin Luther King, Sr. on more than one occasion when I was growing up in Atlanta.  One of my current best work friends went to Spelman with Bernice.  Unlike Mitt Romney's father, mine actually did march with Martin, Jr., who was always called "Martin" in our house.

        My comment was, indeed, trying to set the record straight on Martin III's name.  I wasn't slurring him.  He's a part of my personal history.

        Bill Clinton built a bridge to the 21st Century; Barack Obama is crossing it.

        I will enthusiastically support our party's nominee in November.

        by DC Pol Sci on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 07:11:48 AM PST

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        •  slurs (1+ / 0-)
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          I like how three people uprated grannyhelen's comment. Resounding, enthusiastic support for not throwing slurs at the King family.

          The fact that no one is slurring the King family is, of course, moot. And very few people seem to be interested in the man's correct name. That isn't as important as taking a firm stand against any possible slur, even those that aren't there.

    •  Why not? Cynthia Tucker (0+ / 0-)

      makes excellent points from time to time about the King children and their greed and low reputation in Atlanta.

      See this:

      It's not much of an endorsement.

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