I don't know if this is the kind of thing that gets any play outside of the Washington, D.C., area, where I live, but here in the nation's capital there has been much discussion about the new Martin Luther King Memorial and the controversial quote that was carved into it. The original plans for the memorial called for a specific quote from King to be engraved upon it. The quote came from a speech called "The Drum Major Instinct," in which King stated: "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter." The Washington Post reports, however, that after the "full, in-context quote" was approved, "the lead architect and the sculptor thought the stone would look better with fewer words. They did the editing themselves, without considering the violence it would do to the quote's meaning." The result of this editing can be seen on the memorial as it was presented to the public: (image: Washington Post) While the edited version of...

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