MLK plagiarized his dissertation and cheated on his wife.

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr._authorship_issues


    So why is MLK allowed to plagiarize and not get his PhD revoked when any other regular PhD would have their head roll if they got caught plagiarizing?

    Cheated on his wife?-

    http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/mlking.asp
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.


    So is MLK really the saint he is cracked up to be?
     
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    It's not that he's a saint, it's what he did in helping blacks gain equality.
     
  4. And Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton don't help Blacks gain equality? Is MLK really that much different than them?
     
  5. MLK had an enormous vision and purpose that created an amazing catalyst to help black Americans achieve their deserved Constitutional equality.

    At the same time he was just another human being like the rest of us. I never thought of him as a Saint (in the Catholic context). But he was a great man none-the-less.
     
  6. I can't imagine that MLK would have hung out with those guys.
     
  7. So no one can explain why MLK is allowed to get away with BLATANT plagiarism? Any other PhD would instantly have their degree revoked for a fraction of the amount of plagiarism that MLK did.
     
  8. Thomas Jefferson isn't really a saint either , seeing that he cheated on his wife with his slave , and then had a child out of wedlock; but that is independent of what influence his treatise , the declaration of Independence had on many colonists to help form the republic the United States we now know to today. Half of the signers of the constitutions did not always practice what they preach(civil liberties for all the , except slaves, women were excluding from reeking from the benefits the constitution offer), but that does not mean that the constitution wasn't a great document , or the men did not do anything original in taking human rights to the next level , and sweeping feudalism and countries ruled by kings/queens under the rug
     
  9. Did he plagarigize all of his speeches
     
  10. So, why didn't his Phd get revoked? I imagine it would be a very unpopular thing to do now. I say, big deal. He's not known for his faults and in contrast to his accomplishments, who cares.
     
  11. I'm a black person , and I can say that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton did NOT help blacks gain equality. Equality for blacks ,was pretty much established , before those two hucksters join the game.Although equality between blacks and whites are not perfect, Malcolm X and MLK are the activists that pushed for blacks to having voting rights, and To be able to enter public/private places without having the skin color questioned. Sharpton and Jackson are out for the own personal agendas/
     
  12. turbo

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    MLK was not a saint, but he was a visionary. He managed to mobilize resistance to racist practices (legal and illegal) in a time and place when resistance to such practices could earn you a severe beating, jail time, or lynching. How many people would mobilize to march for basic human rights when they knew that they would be facing police dogs, riot police, fire hoses, etc?
     
  13. Ivan Seeking

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    IIRC, Jackson was standing right next to King when he was shot.
     
  14. Hurkyl

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    How reliable is Snopes as a source for this kind of thing?
     
  15. OmCheeto

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    He taught me to judge people by the content of their character. Something my parents never did. I agree, I really don't care about his faults. He changed me, and that's a lot more important than who he buggered. And another thing; stealing from one is plagiarism, stealing from many is research.
    So if King had simply put in proper references to parts of his paper, we wouldn't be having this argument.

    And if Hoover hadn't been such a.... I don't even have a word for Hoover.
    We probably would have never found out that he was guilty of the same thing as 25 - 60% of husbands in America.

     
  16. LOL, those guys are old enough I figured one of them probably knew him personally. I'm wrong, I'd like to think he wasn't like those guys.
     
  17. Some of his speeches do contain plagiarism. Almost 20% "I Have a Dream" is plagiarized word for word or paraphrased without reference. I would expect a PhD from any university to know the difference between what is and what isn't plagiarism.
     
  18. russ_watters

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    No, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are both only interested in their own power.
     


  19. Very true. But Jefferson's name didn't include the title REVEREND. Is it hypocritical for someone to preach morals and values as a religious icon while simultaneously cheating on your wife? On a side note there are protestant churches that do view MLK as a saint.
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2008
  20. Ivan Seeking

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  21. Ivan Seeking

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    As for King, the man helped to change a country and to correct many great injustices. IMO, to smear his name now is shameful. He was human. Aren't we all?

    Beyond that, King was incredibly brave - a true American hero!!!
     
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