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MLKs Daughter on Abe Lincoln: Hes Known for Signing Declaration of Independence [ video ]
theblaze.com ^ | Aug 30 2011 | theblaze.com

Posted on 08/30/2011 2:01:32 PM PDT by NoLibZone

t the dedication for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. on Friday, the civil rights leader’s daughter made an interesting mistake regarding Abraham Lincoln. According to her, Lincoln is best known for signing the Declaration of Independence.

“But as I close, I close with the recognition that daddy is standing, Lincoln is seated,” Bernice King said. “Lincoln remembered for signing the Declaration of Independence. Daddy being remembered as standing up for truth and standing up for justice and standing up for righteousness and standing up for peace and standing up for freedom. Daddy is now standing on the National Mall in our nation’s capital.”

Watch it below:

The historical mistake could be simply an honest one that happens all the time when people speak in front of crowds. She probably just meant to say “Emancipation Proclamation.”

But it’s curious that Bernice — who has been labeled a conservative on some issues — would draw the juxtaposition that her father is now immortalized as someone who is standing while Lincoln is immortalized as someone who is sitting. It seems she wants to draw a distinction, and may even want to go as far as to point out her father‘s legacy is grander than Lincoln’s — and their memorials now recognize that.

Comparing legacies is difficult. But her seeming attempt to do so begs the question: Is Bernice King saying that MLK stood for civil rights while Lincoln just sat around? And if she is, would that mean the simple case of misspeaking is something more? Is it actually a misguided attack on Lincoln, trying to lump him into the group of Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration and who are often ridiculed as being racists?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: martinlutherking; mlk
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1 posted on 08/30/2011 2:01:35 PM PDT by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

I don’t know what more he (Lincoln) could have done, nor what more he could have given up beyond his life. And I’m not even necessarily a big Lincoln fan.


2 posted on 08/30/2011 2:05:00 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Nuts; A house divided against itself cannot stand.)
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To: NoLibZone

What the heck? What’s with the sitting, standing comparison?


3 posted on 08/30/2011 2:05:29 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: NoLibZone

I really hate this nit-picky and stupid article. So she misspoke. So what? She’s an amazing Christian woman and anti-abortion campaigner. I’m sure she knows Lincoln didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence.


4 posted on 08/30/2011 2:05:48 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: NoLibZone

5 posted on 08/30/2011 2:05:59 PM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: NoLibZone

I don’t know how much I’d read into this. People make stupid comparisons in speeches and get carried away with metaphors and rhetorical tricks like the “sitting” vs. “standing” metaphor based on the respective statues. I’d simply take this as a warning to not be “too clever by half” in your public speaking.


6 posted on 08/30/2011 2:06:18 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Deb

I think she must be a cousin of Michelle Bachmann’s.


7 posted on 08/30/2011 2:08:01 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: NoLibZone

Martin Luther King....the man stood for many things, one of them was peace. Go to MLK street, road or boulevard in any city in this nation and try to find the peace.


8 posted on 08/30/2011 2:08:07 PM PDT by Grunthor (Perry.)
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To: NoLibZone

“Forget it, she’s rolling.”


9 posted on 08/30/2011 2:08:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NoLibZone

Maybe for her, the Emancipation Proclamation is the Declaration of Independence...


10 posted on 08/30/2011 2:08:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Winstons Julia

Lincoln sat to sign the Emancipation Proclamation and King stood up for civil rights...or something like that.


11 posted on 08/30/2011 2:08:41 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: NoLibZone
Out of fairness, I have to at least say that a confusion between Declaration of Independence and say, the Emancipation Proclamation could be confused, at least in the spirit of the intents.

That said, I'm sure one of her more educated staff could point his out - if she had any 'educated' staff.

12 posted on 08/30/2011 2:10:15 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: buccaneer81

Some people just shouldn’t speak in public.


13 posted on 08/30/2011 2:11:44 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: NoLibZone
Btw, while I don't think this is what she was getting at, you can read that Civil War blacks used to think of the Emancipation Proclamation as their “Declaration of Independence.”
14 posted on 08/30/2011 2:13:01 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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Well, Lincoln would have said, and did, that the EP was just an extension of the DOI.

Lincoln was largely responsible for bringing the DOI back into public consciousness as an aspirational document for the nation, as opposed to the nuts and bolts Constitution, which other than in the Bill of Rights has little to say about what the government should stand for.


15 posted on 08/30/2011 2:14:26 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Deb

ditto


16 posted on 08/30/2011 2:14:47 PM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Grunthor

no luck. www.thugreport.com (not affiliated just a fan)


17 posted on 08/30/2011 2:15:51 PM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Deb

It seems like she’s belittling Lincoln.


18 posted on 08/30/2011 2:16:48 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: NoLibZone

I know that she’s right. He took a copy of the existing declaration and signed his name to it. I was there when he signed it.


19 posted on 08/30/2011 2:20:47 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: Winstons Julia

Sometimes Glenn Beck over-thinks things to the point he loses some important brain cells. Ms. King is a dedicated Christian and anti-abortion crusader, I doubt she would do or say anything to belittle Lincoln. Beck obviously doesn’t know who she is.


20 posted on 08/30/2011 2:21:13 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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