Most of us, when we think of the word “perverse,” think of sexuality. But it is really much broader than that. Merriam-Webster gives the simple definition:
wrong or different in a way that others feel is strange or offensive
Since 1986, the University of Oregon has housed a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. in the lobby of the Erb Memorial Union. “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. I have a dream…” […]
Laurie Woodward, the Director of the Student Union said that when she approached the union with the question of if they wanted to keep the current MLK quote or supplement a new one, one of the students asked, “Does the MLK quote represent us today?”
Sophomore architecture student Mia Ashley — who wasn’t on the board — understands this reasoning.
“Diversity is so much more than race. Obviously race still plays a big role. But there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that,” Ashley said.
So, because King used a single descriptor instead of some sort of laundry list one of the greatest bits of oration in the English language is deemed inadequate? The idea that underlies the quote is not enough…Or is this really a rejection of the underlying idea because, of course, who wants to be judged on their character? That’s one of the problems about messing with language – it is pretty hard to do that without messing with ideas as well. Continue Reading