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The Shakedown at the King Monument ( $800,000 to the King family for monument?)
Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 6 Sep | Cobb

Posted on 09/06/2011 6:05:15 AM PDT by flowerplough

The builders of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial at the National Mall had to pay $761,160 for the right to use King's words and images, according to financial documents obtained by the Associated Press. The money went to Intellectual Properties Management Inc. -- a foundation controlled by King's youngest son, Dexter. Another $71,000 was paid out in a "management fee" to the family estate back in 2003.

I hope I'm not the only one who found the opening of this monument soured by what could be considered extortion. In any case, I'm especially ticked off, perhaps because I was an activist and organizer in the Southern freedom movement of the 1960s.

I cannot know this for sure, of course, but I doubt that the family of the murdered John F. Kennedy would charge a fee to a group organizing to place a memorial to him on the National Mall. As historian and King biographer David Garrow told the AP, "I don't think the Jefferson family, the Lincoln family [or] any other group of family ancestors has been paid a licensing fee for a memorial in Washington."

I agree with Garrow that King himself would be "absolutely scandalized" by this kind of pimping of his life and work. When it comes to King's books or published essays, no one would quarrel with the ownership rights of his descendants. But public speeches? His image? His name?

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1 posted on 09/06/2011 6:05:21 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: flowerplough

The King name etc. is the King family business.


2 posted on 09/06/2011 6:12:23 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: flowerplough

they need to demand that $800,000 back and throw that garbage statue in the river.


3 posted on 09/06/2011 6:13:08 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: flowerplough

Sarah is right...

It’s OUR money they pass around among themselves so freely...


4 posted on 09/06/2011 6:13:58 AM PDT by No!
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To: flowerplough

King didn’t do a damn thing.

White people from Abraham Lincoln to Eisenhower to average Americans prevailed against other White people to change their ways.

Our thanks is 95% of the Black vote going to tear the whole country down.

Was it worth it?


5 posted on 09/06/2011 6:17:48 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: flowerplough

King didn’t do a damn thing.

White people from Abraham Lincoln to Eisenhower to average Americans prevailed against other White people to change their ways.

Our thanks is 95% of the Black vote going to tear the whole country down.

Was it worth it?


6 posted on 09/06/2011 6:17:48 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

“White people from Abraham Lincoln to Eisenhower to average Americans prevailed against other White people to change their ways.

Our thanks is 95% of the Black vote going to tear the whole country down.

Agreed. White Republicans people passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Democrats refused, yet, blacks vote Democrat. Proof that the 1920’s Democrat strategy of buying black votes using welfare works, even in the face of Democrat racism.


7 posted on 09/06/2011 6:25:06 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: No!
The statue is a perfect example of of at least two things wrong with this country.

1. Greedy people steeling money for the US tax payer. 2. The statue was made in China.

PS - The statue does even look like Dr. King -- it's got epicanthal folds. Heck, the statue looks like Dr. Martin Luther ChungKING.

Chunking
8 posted on 09/06/2011 6:31:50 AM PDT by 3Fingas ( Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: flowerplough

Martin Luther King Jr. was Jesse Jackson’s brother.
That crappy, made in China chunk of rock is a fitting memorial to a fraud.
I hate what liberal Democrats and race pimps, like King, have done to Negro families.
The farce, Hero of the Black people, MLK, is the creation of bleeding heart liberals, Democrats, and the liberal press. No different than what they are doing for Obama, this day, before our eyes.
The King family, get big bucks, for installing that thing is consistant with their father’s “ideals.”


9 posted on 09/06/2011 6:32:00 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: 3Fingas

lol


10 posted on 09/06/2011 6:36:51 AM PDT by No!
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

Enough of the damn kowtowing. All its done is destroy this country.


11 posted on 09/06/2011 6:41:28 AM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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To: crosshairs

Fitting monument for such a loser/grifter family.


12 posted on 09/06/2011 6:44:28 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: flowerplough

I suppose the copyright maximalists here at FR who think my calls to return to the terms of the Law of Queen Anne (14 years, extendible by the author or artist, not his estate, not his publisher, for another 14) instead of the current drag on the creation of derivative works (life of author plus 70) are outrageous will all see nothing wrong with this. After all, (according to them) copyright is a “property right” not a government-granted monopoly. King’s words are his heirs’ “property” and they have a right to collect revenues for their use.


13 posted on 09/06/2011 6:45:34 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: flowerplough
Regardless of Dr. King's positive or negative impact on American society, it is flat-out wrong to have to PAY NEARLY A MILLION DOLLARS for the 'rights' to BUILD A MONUMENT TO HIM!!!

Out-f'ing-rageous!

14 posted on 09/06/2011 6:56:59 AM PDT by DJ Frisat
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To: flowerplough

In Atlanta, the King family is known for only one thing: making bank off that Daddy and doing as little actual work as possible to make that happen.

When they found out that the Feds wanted to make a memorial in King’s honor they must have started suing each other wit’ a quickness!

I lived in Atlanta for 11 years (downtown) near the King Center. If you go there nothing is left on display - they sold all of it.


15 posted on 09/06/2011 6:57:57 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: flowerplough

As I recall several years ago the King family was suing some tee shirt makers for using MLK images, in a favorable light, I might add. A greedy bunch hitchhiking on their father’s public work. As someone has said here...”pimping” is probably more correct. I’d say just forget MLK and his extended family.


16 posted on 09/06/2011 7:01:12 AM PDT by Enten (How's that hopey changey thing working out for you?)
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To: flowerplough

Just in case any of you out there want to build a giant monument to me: NO CHARGE Be my guest have at it.


17 posted on 09/06/2011 7:05:06 AM PDT by all the best
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Maybe, just maybe, it will get hit by lightning and explode into tiny fragments.


18 posted on 09/06/2011 7:05:51 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: 3Fingas

I say this in all honesty: He looks like Mao Tse-tung.


19 posted on 09/06/2011 7:10:53 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: CodeToad

Exactly my feelings as well. King and all the protests and marches, and blacks turn around and vote time and time again to oppress themselves. Here in NYC I see blacks all day long looking through the garbage for cans to redeem, and ones that are not druggies or alcoholics. They are just broke beyond belief. Yes, Democrats and Obama believe in change. Raising unemployment for blacks to 16% so they look through the garbage for change while the millionaires they voted for live it up. Someday they’ll wake up.


20 posted on 09/06/2011 7:12:24 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: flowerplough

It appears to me that the MLK Jr. Memorial Commission is the victim of what George Wallace said in 1958 would never happen to him again in politics:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/wallace/sfeature/quotes.html

Read the second 1958 quote - I’ll not risk an infraction or zot to reproduce it here.


21 posted on 09/06/2011 7:19:47 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

“Someday they’ll wake up.”

150+ years of their stupid decision making. Not likely to change any time soon...well, not until we change the government and prevent the government from stealing from one group and giving to another. Welfare is unconstitutional: NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!


22 posted on 09/06/2011 7:35:38 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: flowerplough

If I were running it, I would have told them “Sorry, we don’t pay to create historical monuments” and canned the entire project. I think that’s a big difference today - instead of telling the extortionists No Deal, we cave to their every demand....Is it too late to dump the marble in the Potomac and get our money back?


23 posted on 09/06/2011 7:35:38 AM PDT by majormaturity
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To: flowerplough

‘Intellectual’ Properties? DEXTER???? LMFAO !!!!


24 posted on 09/06/2011 8:05:05 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: flowerplough

This has been a fabulously invigorating jolt to Atlanta’s economy.


25 posted on 09/06/2011 8:09:00 AM PDT by Broker (Fighting time has come.)
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To: flowerplough
... pay $761,160 ... Another $71,000 was paid out ...

Civil rights and history and all that stuff is one thing, but bidnet is bidnet.

26 posted on 09/06/2011 8:14:21 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: flowerplough

Intellectual Properties Management Inc.
uh ho the I word again,every time I see that word I hear a caching sound.


27 posted on 09/06/2011 8:37:00 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: 3Fingas

Looks like “Chairman” King! Where is his Little Red Book?


28 posted on 09/06/2011 8:45:34 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: 3Fingas

You are RIGHT!!! Looks like he’s “retaining a lot of water”.

Give em a break, the chinks didn’t have any negros to sit for the statue carving (actually looks like a casting out of melamine).

As far as King fam sucking up $800K, dat jes be dare culcha, ‘sides we owes it twoes em.


29 posted on 09/06/2011 8:58:20 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: 3Fingas
PS - The statue does even look like Dr. King

"Indeed"

30 posted on 09/06/2011 9:07:46 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: flowerplough

How dare you?

Don’t you know Dr King was a conservative and here to make all things new?

A great man...one of us.

Why I hear someone actually saw him walk on the Chattahoochee in a flood once..someone I trust btw.

Racist! This forum is full of bigoted pigs..a pox on you all. Take your Booker Toms and stuff it.

/s


31 posted on 09/06/2011 9:16:23 AM PDT by wardaddy (Eric Clapton was never God, Dick Cheney is....get his book...he should have been President)
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To: flowerplough
I agree with Garrow that King himself would be "absolutely scandalized" by this kind of pimping of his life and work.

yeah...of course he would...which is why he was in Memphis attempting to install a public workers Union in a right to work state when Ray shot him

32 posted on 09/06/2011 9:18:11 AM PDT by wardaddy (Eric Clapton was never God, Dick Cheney is....get his book...he should have been President)
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To: flowerplough

One good American appellation for them ——grifters of the highest order.


33 posted on 09/06/2011 9:21:35 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: 3Fingas
Looks like...
MAO-tin Luther King
The easier for the Chinese to re-finish it into Mao when they finish taking over.
34 posted on 09/06/2011 1:52:43 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: LeonardFMason
Looks like “Chairman” King! Where is his Little Red Book?

King had his little black book - but who could tell the difference in marble?
35 posted on 09/06/2011 1:57:33 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Oztrich Boy
I forgot to add "NOT" look like King, but I think you all know what I mean.

Really, this is quite pathetic. In America, we don't make anything anymore. We even outsource our national monuments.

The Chinese don't need an unrevised version of Red Dawn 2 to take over this country. All they need to do is toss our political class a few shiny trinkets and these lapdogs would probably let them put a "coolie" hat on Lady Liberty.

America from this.... former republic of freedom

to this....

lady liberty sold out
36 posted on 09/06/2011 2:53:22 PM PDT by 3Fingas ( Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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