Category Archives: Sayings/Quotes

The My-Stery: He Is More Than a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr.

Jay Smooth‘s “Ten Other Things Martin Luther King Said”

When most people think of Martin Luther King, Jr., they tend to think of only his “I Have a Dream Speech” and they usually only think of a small fraction of it. Often they will use the speech to make King seem less radical than he was or to dismiss the real work it takes and is still needed to be anti-racist.

So, these are some links to articles about the appropriation and sanitizing of King’s image:

“Santa Clausification” of King and other similar sites

Sanitize King

The Silencing of King

Controversy over the MLK monument (because he was not smiling)

Racialicious’ post, “Dr. King Said More Than ‘I Have A Dream'”

King’s “The Other America” Speech


Alchemy of Ideas

A few days ago, I watched Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child documentary and one of my favorite quotations from Basquiat involved the. rethinking of influence and borrowing from the past, which everyone does. He described it as more of a transformation of ideas, taking old ideas and putting them in a new context.

Basquiat said, “If you wanna talk about influence, man, then you’ve got to realize that influence is not influence. It’s simply someone’s idea going through my new mind.” It reminds me of this quotation from Dave Macklovitch: “There’s no such thing as repetition because every time you repeat something, you’re repeating it in a new context.”