The most recent episode of Last Week Tonight was about the latest GOP-invented boogeyman: critical race theory. During the discussion, John Oliver touched on the rampant use of a famous Martin Luther King, Jr. line by right-wing politicians:
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.
As if to drive the point home, GOP senator Rick Scott used the quote twice in his new, bonkers 11-point plan to “rescue America”, which was released yesterday. The document is chock full of awfulness in addition to abusing MLK’s I Have a Dream speech. Give it a read if you want to laugh nervously about America’s descent into a Christo-fascist dystopia. If this is what “rescuing America” looks like, count me out.
I came across a more thorough discussion of the abuse of King’s speech–particularly the “content of their character” line–and the whitewashing of MLK in this video by Second Thought. I highly recommend it. You can watch it below, but the takeaway (ESPECIALLY for Republicans) is neatly presented at the end:
Martin Luther King, Jr. was anti-war, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist. If your own world view doesn’t reflect those ideals, and you use Dr. King as a rhetorical weapon, you’re being dishonest.